In 1923 the Festiniog Railway purchased six open "Toastrack" coaches from Robert Hudson Ltd of Leeds. They were numbered 37 to 42.
Three of these coaches have open sides. In good weather they are usually placed immediately behind the locomotive on the Up run.
Usually known as the "Tourist Cars", two of these carriages were built in 1971 at Boston Lodge.
Ffestiniog Railway’s Carriage 37
No.37 is a semi-open four-compartment tourist carriage built by FR Co. at Boston Lodge on a much older WD D-type bogie wagon underframe (ex No. 70).
When constructed, some of the half-height doors from Carriage 23 were fitted to this carriage and to Carriage 38.
At the time of writing it has cream window frames with maroon lower body panels and ends.
Ffestiniog Railway’s Carriage 38
No.38 is vitually identical to No. 37 (to anyone apart from the obsessive rivet counter). Apart from the colour that is.
At the time of writing it has cream window frames with green lower body panels. The ends are in the distinctive Ffestiniog terracotta colour.
Made from quality plywood, it is available as either a kit or as a finished model.
Being almost identical, you can paint the kit to look like No. 37 or 38.
This model is only available in 32mm gauge. Try as I might, I couldn't make it 45mm gauge without making the body wider - which looked very wrong.
Minimum radius is 2’6” (maybe even a bit less).
Not too hard to make (but it’s not really a beginner’s kit), with easy to follow illustrated instructions.
Of course everything's included (apart from paint and glue).
Both the FR's No. 37 & 38 have ‘flat’ brass grab rails very near to the door handles. These are not supplied with the kit due to the cost and not everyone may want them. They are available from www.Brandbright.co.uk , part no. RSA15. If you choose to fit these, there are discrete markings on the panel very near to the door handle for drilling two 1.5mm holes to fit each one. (Of course our doorknobs are included)
Available in either maroon (No.37) or green (no.38).