In service on the Ffestiniog Railway
|Seating||22 x 1st|
|Built by||FR Co.|
|Length||43 ft 1 in|
Carriage 152, to be named Snowdonia is a 1st class Pullman Observation carriage on the Ffestiniog Railway. Part of the Super Barn series of carriages, it is a sister to the previously built Carriage 150 but a number of details vary.
The steel frame for the carriage was welded together in 2016/7 at Dinas works and was moved by rail to Boston Lodge for fitting out to be completed. By October 2017 the bodywork was largely complete and being painted, and new bogies were under construction. It entered service on Saturday 5 May 2018.
The main differences to 150 are at the observation end. The most noticeable is the use of two window pillars in the curved end rather than the single one used on 150. Other changes include an adjustment to the end profile to have a gentle curve all the way round instead of a straight section between two curves and the addition of a demister to keep the single glazed observation window free from condensation. There are also a number of decorative differences in the interior. A nice interior touch are the wooden Welsh dragons mounted on perspex at the top end. The perspex allows them to be backlit whilst the train lights are on, creating a very pleasing effect. 152 is the first carriage on the F&WHR to be fitted with USB charging points for passengers' use.
In March 2020 it was announced that 152 would be named Snowdonia. The name will be carried bilingually with English on one side and the Welsh equivalent, Eryri, on the other.
Crossing the Cob in FR service.