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Gertrude and Millicent are two bogie coaches who work on the Skarloey Railway.

Biography

The Railway Series

Gertrude and Millicent were built at Crovan's Gate Works at some point between 1952 and 1958, while Skarloey was being overhauled in England. The pair are built on the chassis of two former Mid Sodor Railway bogie coaches, which were recovered by the Skarloey Railway.[1]

As they run on bogies, Sir Handel considers them the only "proper" coaches on the railway and they remind him of pulling express trains on the Mid Sodor. Millicent has a small covered compartment for a guard where they can sell tickets, although Peter Sam does not like that as he believes that guards need vans, referring to this compartment as a "cupboard place".[2]

Technical Details

Basis

Gertrude and Millicent are based on the Talyllyn Railway's ninth and tenth carriages, respectively. Carriages 9 and 10 were built on two bogie underframes supplied by W.G. Allen Ltd. of Tipton in 1954. Carriage 9 was originally fitted with the bodies of two ex-Penrhyn quarrymen's carriages, until a new six-compartment body was fitted in 1955. Carriage 10 was built with a five-compartment semi-open body with a small enclosed guard's compartment. They were rebuilt in 1967-68 and 1967, respectively, to the Talyllyn Railway's standard bogie carriage design.

Livery

Gertrude and Millicent are painted in the Skarloey Railway light blue with cream window surrounds livery. Their rooftops are painted light grey.

Appearances

References



* RWS only | ** T&F only
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