Brand new first class Pullman coach named in Wales

Credit: WHR

The Welsh Highland Railway has announced that their newly finished Pullman carriage has been officially named.

The new observation carriage was named on Saturday 5th October 2019 at Caernarfon station. It is named Gwyrfai

The brief ceremony was performed by Councillor Edgar Wyn Owen, Chairman of Gwynedd Council, accompanied by John Prideaux, Festiniog Railway Company Chairman and Dafydd Thomas, Chairman of the Welsh Highland Railway Society.

Gwyrfai is the second Welsh Highland Railway observation carriage to be constructed, the first being Glaslyn which was named at Dinas Station by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in April 2010.

Gwyrfai is now coupled to the rest of its train and is ready for passengers to enjoy, it is also coupled next to Pullman saloon Bodysgallen, making Gwyrfai the third first-class carriage available on the WHR.

The new carriage was built entirely in house, with construction of the frames starting in early 2018 at Boston Lodge Works.

The build was financed by the Welsh Highland Railway Society.

What did the officials say?

F&WHR General Manager Paul Lewin says:

“This carriage sets new standards for comfort, and will give visitors incomparable views of Snowdonia as they enjoy the Welsh Highland Railway. This follows hot on the heels of the opening of our new station in Caernarfon, and shows that we are striving to give our customers the best possible experience in terms of facilities and luxury. Our staff at Boston Lodge should be commended once again for the high quality of their work and we would also like to thank the Welsh Highland Railway Society most sincerely for their generosity.”

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