Carriage 121

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This article is about the Superbarn from 2012. For the 1981 Tin Car, see Carriage 121 (1981)

Carriage 121
Type Corridor Third
Seating 35 x 3rd
Home Railway FR
Status In service
Built by FR Co.
Built 2010-12
Length 42 ft 8 in
Width 6 ft 4 in
Frames Steel

Carriage 121 is an all third saloon carriage in the Super Barn series.


Being fitted out February 2012

During March 2010 it was announced that the FR Society was to fund a new carriage, a twin to newly completed Carriage 103 which would carry the number 121. Fabrication of new bogies and chassis were complete by January 2011. By November 2011 the bodywork was panelled and the ceiling being fitted.[1]

Entry into Service[edit]

Carriage 121 entered service on Friday 12th May 2012, its maiden journey being the Hugh Napier launch train from Porthmadog to Beddgelert.

Winter 2019/20 Refurbishment[edit]

After many years of heavy use, Carriage 121 entered the carriage works for a 10-yearly refurbishment in March 2020. This is sooner than the planned overhaul every 10 years, however 121, like 103, is suffering from failing window sealant, and so the refurbishment has been brought forward. All of the windows had to be removed and the sealant replaced with the latest ARBO sealant to correct the leaking windows. The carriage received a full repaint outside and a partial repaint inside, whilst the seats and tables were removed, cleaned and re-varnished. Removing the seating revealed serious water damage to the lower panelling and seating upholstery. The lower panelling was replaced using materials intended for Carriage 808, whilst the upholstery was also replaced. The ceiling was also cleaned, treated to deal with resin seeping from knots and repainted. The existing lighting was removed, and converted to allow LED to be fitted, and this brings 121 in line with the lighting on the most recent carriages. Interior walls and vestibules were deep cleaned, and several coats of varnish applied. [2] [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 215
  2. ^ "Carriage Works", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 248, page(s): 577
  3. ^ "Carriage Works", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 249, page(s): 654