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The Culdee Fell Railway owns nine bogie coaches, one for each of their engines, and formerly owned one open-topped coach. For safety reasons, only one coach at a time is taken up the mountain. However, Culdee pushed two coaches during his trial runs.

Biography

The Railway Series

These fifty-six seater saloons form the entire passenger stock of the railway. Their interior furnishing is somewhat spartan, but they are the height of luxury compared with the coaches provided when the line was opened. Five were open-sided, but with a roof and waterproof curtains which could be let down for protection in bad weather. The sixth offered no protection at all. It was most unpopular and soon withdrawn, but some of the curtained stock lingered on till finally phased out in the 1920s. Each saloon coach has a closed-off compartment in front from which, on the upward journey, the guards have a clear view of the line ahead, and can warn their engines crew in the rear of any obstruction. The position is reversed on the downward run. He must then be on the alert to use his emergency brake on warning from the engine crew. This brake is very powerful, and can bring the coach to a standstill in only a few yards.

The wheels and frames of two open-sided coaches were used to build the "Trucks". The coaches are kept at Kirk Machan Carriage Sheds, with all nine occupying one road while the "Trucks" occupy the other.

One day, a coach was frightened by Lord Harry, who was acting reckless. However, he derailed at the Summit, blocking Wilfred from going down and leading to his comeuppance. [1]

Technical Details

Basis

The coaches are based on the Snowdon Mountain Railway's bogie coaches; the coaches seen in the story "Bad Look-Out" from The Railway Series book, Mountain Engines are based on the coaches as they were at the railway's opening in 1895, while the coaches seen in the other stories from the same book are based on the coaches after they were rebuilt in the 1950s. All original coaches of the Snowdon Mountain Railway (with the exception of Coach 10) were withdrawn and dismantled at the end of the 2012 season, and replaced by new coaches for exclusive use with the railway's diesel fleet. Two of the old coaches (numbers 2 and 5) were subsequently rebuilt in 2013 and 2015 respectively to resemble their original 1895 appearance for use with the railway's steam engines and are named Snowdon Lily and Snowdon Mountain Goat respectively.

Livery

The coaches are all painted in the Culdee Fell Railway orange livery. The covered coaches have cream window surrounds and light grey rooftops. The open-topped coaches have a cream stripe on the top of their sides and ends.

Appearances

Trivia

  • So far, Catherine is the only coach to be named.
  • In the magazines, Culdee pulls the coaches instead of pushing them. Some magazines also depict the coaches as orange branch line coaches, scaled down from standard gauge to narrow gauge.

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