The Cherry Picker
In Feb 2003, after receiving approval to proceed, S & T department started to design and build for the FR a rail mounted cherry picker. The cherry picker itself was a self contained, skid mounted unit bolted onto an old Bedford CF Van, dumped in the scrap yard in the old Groby granite quarry near Blaenau. This was bought for a little over £400. Boston Lodge built the well-wagon onto which the skid was mounted. The wagon was constructed using a couple of spare Hudson bogies, one of which had a hand brake.
Following months of work and regular working parties, the vehicle obtained Type Approval in Nov 2004 and began trials and staff training. On 30 Nov 04 the Cherry Picker was used for the first time when a fault in the overhead route between Tanygrisiau and Glan y Pwll had to be fixed.
The Cherry Picker carries the number 70.
- Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 188