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Boston Lodge Engineering JANUARY 2014

PAUL LEWIN General Manager Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways Harbour Station, Porthmadog Gwynedd, LL49 9NF Phone: 01766 516060 Fax: 01766 516006 Email: plewin@ffwhr.com


Boston Lodge Engineering Works has the unique distinction of being the only railway workshop in the World to have constructed steam locomotives in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries... With the remarkable uplift in output required to support the rebuilding and development of the Welsh Highland Railway, Boston Lodge has gathered a skilled workforce capable of building locomotives, carriages, waggons and boilers from the ground up - and, in so doing, gained an enviable reputation for the quality restoration and repair of a wide range of vehicles and equipment in the heritage sector. Our locomotive engineering capacity stretches from 'petite' Quarry Hunslets to those giants of the narrow gauge, the Welsh Highland Railway's Beyer-Garratt locomotives. Using skills and equipment amassed in recent years, we continue to maintain the capability to build such machines from new - or to restore from any condition. Our most recent delivery is Bagnall 0-4-2T 'Isaac', which was overhauled on behalf of a private owner for the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. Our carriage works has produced more than twenty new carriages in the last decade - and we have also extended our capabilities to work on smaller standard gauge vehicles. We were particularly pleased to be chosen to work with the London Transport Museum and the Heritage Lottery Fund in the restoration of Metropolitan Carriage No.353 - as part of the celebrations of '150 Years of the Underground'. Our reputation is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and our services are frequently in demand from local business. We are regularly commissioned to carry out repairs on industrial machinery. Two of our most recent projects involve adapting trucks for use at a local slate quarry and engineering industrial mixers for a Caernarfon based firm.

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Our 2014 Portfolio gives an insight into the wide range of projects that we have been involved with. We understand that no two projects are ever the same and that the services and support needed can go far beyond the physical engineering work. We take time to interpret our customers needs carefully before creating the right proposal for you and your organisation. Please do contact us if you would like to discuss your particular requirements...


Skilled Engineering - Traditional and Modern

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CAD development of new coaching stock

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New cylinder casting for a Beyer-Garratt

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Machining Steam Fountain for NG/G16 No.87

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Making vacuum cylinder patterns for replica Manning Wardle L&B loco 'Lyd'

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Locomotive Overhaul & Restoration

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White metalling axleboxes for Hunslet No.589 'Blanche'

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Cab interior of replica L&BR 2-6-2T 'Lyd'

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A busy time in the Erecting Shop

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Rivetting the foundation ring on NG/G16 No.87

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Craftsmanship & Attention To Detail

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Interior of Metropolitan Railway Carriage No.353

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Woodworking shop scene

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Hand painted lettering and crests

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Trial erection of FR Observation Carr No.102

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Boston Lodge Carriage Works


Restoration - Metropolitan Railway Carriage No.353

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Standard Gauge underframe being moved into the welding bay Original woodwork retained where practical, replaced when necessary

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Carriage Works Manager Norman Bond, with one of the original doors

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Upper panelling restored and interior partitions re-fitted

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Carriage body, as received, being moved across A497 in Porthmadog

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Restoration - Metropolitan Railway Carriage No.353

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HM The Queen inspects the restored carriage at Baker Street station Original features restored and modern 'gas' lighting added

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Truly First Class - rather more luxurious than your average tube train

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Applying the finishing touches at Boston Lodge Works

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Restored No.353 being craned from F&WHR metals onto a lowloader

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New Build - Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Parlor Car

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Dining Area

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Roof Panel Lining - applied by hand

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Lounge & Balcony

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Xmas Lunch on-board during acceptance trials

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New Build - Replica W&LLR Pickering Carriages

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Alternating wood colours highlight the craftsmen's skills

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Hand-painted GWR Crest

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Marquetry inlays on balcony floor

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On delivery at Llanfair Caereinion

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New Build - Darjeeling Himalaya Railway Carriages

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Completed chassis

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Primed and undercoated - ready for the paintshop

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Detail showing braking arrangements

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Darjeeling train run for HMRI inspection of DHR 'B'-class No.19

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New Build - FR Observation Carriage No.100

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Observation saloon

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Engraved FR Crests on glazed partitions

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Pullman seating saloon

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As delivered into traffic

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New Build - Quality, Style and Branding

FR Super-Saloons Nos.103, 108 and 121

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Improved ambience for passengers - light and airy interior with upgraded seating design and extended legroom

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Improved accessibility with wide vestibules, hinged tables and collapsible seats forming wheelchair spaces

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Wide doorways providing easier access for wheelchairs and less mobile passengers

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FR Super-Saloon No.103 as delivered into traffic

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New Build - Creating An Icon

WHR Observation Carriage No.2100

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Frame as delivered to Minffordd by external contractors

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Emergency/Accessible door beside the panoramic window

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HM The Queen performs the official naming of the new carriage at Dinas station

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The freshly painted carriage sits at Boston Lodge - the name 'Glaslyn' was yet to be applied

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New Build - Supporting a Quality Service

WHR Service Carriage No.2010

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Brake/Guards Compartment under construction

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Generator Pack in place

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Floor plan

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Kitchen area during fitting out

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As running in service on the Rheilffordd Eryri / Welsh Highland Railway

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New Build - Access and Comfort as Standard

WHR Enhanced Accessibility Carriages Nos.2043-2047

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Wheelchair accessible doors

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Interior in Canadian Cedar

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Detail of drop-down seat

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Pre-delivery photograph

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Restoration - FR 'Bowsider' Composite No.19

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Gold leaf lining

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Balcony & Crest detail

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1st, 2nd and 3rd Class compartments

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Standing at Boston Lodge prior to a test run

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Refurbishment & Upgrade - FR Carriage No.116

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Engraved FR Crest on internal glazed partitions

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Interior prior to upgrade

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Exterior prior to upgrade

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Interior after upgrade - note the FR branding

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Exterior after upgrade - note re-positioned window pillars and enhanced seat spacing (First Class compartment removed)

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Boston Lodge Locomotive Works


Restoration of Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST 'Hugh Napier'

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Extensive boilerwork including riveted front tubeplate and a new firebox

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Successful steam test of the completed boiler at Boston Lodge

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Trial movements of the loco taking place in Boston Lodge Yard

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'Hugh Napier' poses in the sunshine, showing off its newly-applied 1904 Penrhyn Quarry livery

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Restoration of 'Isaac' - Bagnall 0-4-2T No.3023

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'Isaac' as received by Boston Lodge - September 2012

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'Isaac' in Boston Lodge Erecting Shop, with restoration well underway

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'Isaac' on display in Boston Lodge during 'Steam150' weekend - May 2013

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Fresh from the paint-shop, 'Isaac' poses on the Cob outside Boston Lodge Works - November 2013

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New Boiler Constructed For Hunslet 0-4-0ST 'Lilla'

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Welding firebox stays

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Prior to welding firebox stays

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Inserting tubes into new boiler

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Boiler test-mounted in chassis prior to lagging

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NG/G16 Beyer-Garratt No.87

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Condition as received at Boston Lodge

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NG/G16 Beyer-Garratt No.87

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Outer and Inner Firebox Backhead removed

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New cab structure erected by the 'Taliesin' team

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New patterns produced for No.87

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Coded welder Bob Yates works on the new outer backhead

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NG/G16 Beyer-Garratt No.87

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Newly machined valves and glands

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Hind power unit

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New coal bunker

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First steaming of the refurbished boiler

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NG/G16 Beyer-Garratt No.87

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Turning the boiler to face Blaenau

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Cab front sheet being fitted

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In service - with over 30k miles of running to date

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Official pre-delivery portrait - Boston Lodge, 13th January 2009

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Paint-Shop Perfection

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'Earl of Merioneth' - Smokebox, chimney and bogies masked

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'Earl of Merioneth' - Detail of lining out

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'Earl of Merioneth' - Seamus Rogers and Andy Williamson attend to the lining out

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Hunslets 'Linda' and 'Blanche' show off their freshly-applied livery of post-restoration FR green

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Paint-Shop Perfection

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Detail of new livery applied to NG/G16 No.138 in May 2010

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Worksplate from NG/G16 No.143

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Detail of new livery applied to NG/G16 No.143 in June 2011

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Fresh from the paint-shop, NG/G16 No.143 basks in the sunshine at Boston Lodge

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'Steam150' - Cosmetic Restoration

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'Princess' sits inside Spooner's Bar - her home for over thirty years.

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'Princess' is hauled into the daylight at last, leaving the old Goods Shed in November 2012

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On display at Paddington Station during March 2013, publicising the 150th Anniversary of Steam

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Following her extensive cosmetic restoration, 'Princess' poses in the sunshine on Boston Lodge Curve

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'Steam150' - Cosmetic Restoration

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Large England 'Welsh Pony', for many years on display outside Harbour Station...

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...has now been cosmetically restored and repainted into traditional FR locomotive green

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Large England 'Welsh Pony' basks in the evening sunlight outside the FR's original engine shed

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Together at last, the four surviving Geo. England locomotives form a remarkable line-up in Boston Lodge Yard

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Replica Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 2-6-2T 'Lyd'

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Valve gear mock-up

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Pattern for vacuum cylinder

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Balanced slide valve

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Rear three-quarter view showing boiler lifting brackets

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Replica Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 2-6-2T 'Lyd'

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First loaded test run in August 2010

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Visit to Woody Bay, L&BR in September 2010

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Temporary pseudo-British Railways livery - April 2011

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Resplendent in full Southern Railway livery - September 2011

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Re-Gauging of Plasser & Theurer KMX Tamper/Liner

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Brake system

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Control desk

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Tamp head

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Pre-delivery

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Appendix


Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways Miscellany S&T Department 'Cherry-Picker' wagon

Cosmetic restoration of a 1902 Merryweather 'Gem' Steam Fire Engine

Overhauling carriage bogies for the Isle of Man Steam Railway

Team-building weekend organised for Infraco Subsurface

If you would like to know more about our corporate events contact Samantha Hughes on 01766 516024 for details of our bespoke service.


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FFESTINIOG & WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAYS Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF Phone: 01766 516000

Email: enquiries@ffwhr.com

www.festrail.co.uk

Boston Lodge Portfolio - January 2014  

An overview of the products and capabilities of the Festiniog Railway Company's Boston Lodge Engineering Works.

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