An exciting collaboration between South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society of Alston and Penrhyn Quarry Railway of Bethesda has seen two wooden bodied coaches originally built at Alston by volunteers, find a new lease of life at Penrhyn Quarry.
The long term lease will enable the P.Q.R. to initially show the coaches at their ‘Evolution of Quarry Transport’ event on the 25th & 26th June after which they will be completely overhauled ready to carry passengers on this wonderful demonstration railway.
Heather Palmer, General Manager of the S.T.R.P.S, said:
‘These coaches, originally entered into service here in 1986, are a very important part of our history and the decision to lease them was only made because we know they will have a new life with the PQR and be very well looked after. We are delighted to be collaborating with such a fantastic organisation as the PQR and look forward to seeing the coaches carrying passengers there’.
Managing Director of PQR Ellis Griffith Morey said:
‘The coaches are an invaluable addition to the PQR and the railway's future plans. They will provide a key role in future open days if the weather is wet, as we currently lack roofed carriages. The two carriages from the South Tynedale Railway will eventually become part of our service train on our proposed extension to the quarry (phase2).
'I was delighted that our two railways could work together to assist each other in our current and future plans. We look forward to the completion of the STR’s extension and other exciting developments.'