Carriage Shed

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The modern Carriage Shed in Glan y Mor Yard at Boston Lodge was a two-road shed built under the INCA Programme in 1990, adjacent to the Carriage Works and replacing the building which became the Loco Shed. It was extended to five roads in the period 2019-2021.

It was originally long enough for four carriages of the then-typical length (about 37ft) on each road. The landward road has the track embedded in a concrete floor but the seaward line is on steel supports above a lowered floor, for easy maintenance access to running gear and other underfloor equipment. In 2018-19 it was extended to accommodate five Superbarn-size carriages (about 43ft each) on each road. Due to the nature of the site it was necessary to build the extension on a curve. It has also had the roof raised to allow all Welsh Highland Railway stock to enter (including NGG16 locomotives).

Although new by FR standards this shed is already sometimes called the 'Old Carriage Shed'[1] as a new three-road extension (sometimes called the 'New Large Carriage Shed') was built alongside in 2019, to accommodate ten carriages on each road. This is built on to the seaward side of the 1990 shed and extends to the new sea wall which had been moved seaward to make the space. It forms a perimeter to the site and provides a certain amount of shelter from wind and seaspray to Glan y mor and the Lower Yard. It is curved at both ends so one end faces along the Cob approximately west-north-west, and the other end faces south. It allows three full train rakes to be sheltered overnight without uncoupling. The pointwork for the new track fans at each end was installed in 2018-9 and to accommodate this the main line points for the entry to Boston Lodge have been moved further out along the Cob.

The structure was largely complete by October 2019. It is clad in unobtrusive green steel panels on the seaward side, but the north side (facing Boston Lodge) has ventilated wooden cladding.

The floor and tracks were not then completed, though a start had been made on one line before the Covid-19 shutdown in March 2020. The concrete beds for all three tracks were complete by August 2020[2]. By November 2020 rails were laid on one road (22) which was declared available for carriage storage over the winter, and road 20 had also been railed in part. All three tracks were complete and the floor concreted to railhead level by the end of August 2021[3].

By the end of October 2021 electrical power and lighting had been installed and steel roller-shutter doors had been fitted at both ends. Due to the fact that the roads are of equal length despite the curve, the south doors are staggered[4]. There were still some works to complete the fitting-out, but the whole shed could be used over the 2021-2 winter and for the first time ever the entire carriage stock can be kept indoors.

By 2023 the remaining works were largely complete. There is a Guards' Room, and a Train Staff instrument has been installed allowing Empty Carriage Stock trains to be received at and despatched from the Carriage Shed. This is an intermediate on the Port- Minffordd section, and the existing intermediate instrument situated in the Erecting Shop lobby (Road 1) remains in use.

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  1. ^ Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 244, page(s): 257
  2. ^ Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 250, page(s): 713
  3. ^ Message of thanks from the General Manager issued on Ff&WHR Insider Facebook page 28 Aug 2021
  4. ^ Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 255, page(s): 182