|Type||4-wheel ‘bug box’|
|Seating||14 x 3rd|
|Status||In service, Heritage Fleet|
|Built by||Brown, Marshall & Co|
|1958||Restored to service|
|Body Width||6 ft 8 in|
Background and early years
Carriage 4 was built by Brown, Marshall & Co of Adderley Park Birmingham. It is a single compartment closed carriage with knifeboard seating and a third class of capacity seven each side. It is believed to have been part of the first batch of narrow gauge passenger coaches built in the world for public service (along with Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 11), to designs assumed to have been made by C.E. Spooner.
At some point this carriage had the panelling on the sides replaced with vertical matchboarding.
Restoration and rebuilding in the revival era
Carriage 5 was originally restored to use in 1958, initially in green livery. It later had the panelling restored when it carried the standard green and ivory livery. It then carried cherry red livery from late sixties but was withdrawn about that time.
It was taken to Llanbedr for rebuild by Ron Jarvis in his workshop. It now incorporates a steel section through the vehicle and can be braked, though 5 does not have brakes fitted. At this time Ron had 4 steel sections (5, 2, 1 and 12) made and enough machined timber sections for at least 4 vehicles (used on 5, 2, 3 and 4 and some bits on No 1).
It is now painted in the Victorian livery for use in The 1870's Train, for some time it carried the Royal Purple livery in the nineties.
After rebuilding by Ron Jarvis, 7th August 1983 - Photo: John Halsall