Posted 3rd January 2019
The luxury carriage which will offer panoramic views through its large glass windows, has been built to a similar design as Ffestiniog Railway’sPullman Observation carriage launched in May 2018 but it is dramatically different in size. This is because the the Welsh railway operates full scale engines and Ravenglass operates small ‘narrow gauge’ engines, which is why it’s known affectionately as ‘La’al Ratty’ in Cumbrian dialect.
The delivery of this new luxury Observation carriage is a keystone part of the rolling stock replacement project for Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. The engineering team is working closely with team at Ffestiniog to redesign the closed carriages to increase the levels of comfort for passengers. An important part of the relationship between to the two railways is the exchange of specialist knowledge, which helps to keep heritage engineering skills alive.