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"Ivo's Flying Bedstead" is the nickname given by the railway staff to the petrol-driven trolley that the Thin Controller and Mr. Hugh use to get around the Skarloey Railway.


The Railway Series

Mr. Ivo Hugh built the first trolley shortly after 1953 in the Railway's own workshops. By 1987, after three other trolleys, he was using Mark V. It is parked at the siding near Cros-ny-Cuirn station and Mr. Hugh uses it to patrol the line and travels on it to and from Crovan's Gate every day. It is commonly known as "Ivo’s Flying Bedstead".[1]

Technical Details


Ivo's Flying Bedstead is based on the Talyllyn Railway's "Toby". It was built by John Bate from a second hand Austin 7 engine and gearbox, mounted on a custom-made chassis. It entered service in 1955 and was predominantly used to transport up to half-a-dozen men, and sometimes a few wagons, to worksites. Over the years it has been heavily rebuilt, and was fully restored in 2019 after a temporary retirement. The trolley was nicknamed "Toby" by the work crew after noticing a resemblance to Toby the Tram Engine, a character created by the Rev. W. Awdry.



  • There have been five different trolleys used on the Skarloey Railway, hence the current one being referred to as Mark V. The term "Mark" is often used to refer a different version or model of a product. The numbers used to refer each trolley are in Roman Numerals.
  • Ivo's Flying Bedstead was built by Mr. Hugh two years before their basis "Toby" was built by John Bate for the Talyllyn Railway.


* RWS only | ** T&F only