VIPs visit the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway – at London Paddington

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Sir Peter Hendy receives a replica of one of the hand-carved wooden dragons that adorn the interior of the new carriage from Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway’s chairman Dr John Prideaux watched by general manager Paul Lewin.

Commissioner of Transport for London, Sir Peter Hendy, visited Paddington Station today (Friday) to examine the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway’s new £250,000 luxury observation carriage.

The carriage has been built to mark the 150th anniversary of passenger services on the Ffestiniog Railway.

Sir Peter presented F&WHR general manager Paul Lewin and chairman Dr John Prideaux with a London Transport roundel and in exchange received a replica of one of the hand-carved wooden dragons that adorn the interior of the new carriage, which will be on display at Paddington until the end of June.

Earlier in the week, Assembly Member Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville Roberts were also shown the carriage.

Lord Elis-Thomas said: “It was great to visit the brand new Pullman observation carriage on display on platforms eight and nine at London Paddington, as part of the Ffestiniog Railway’s 150 years of passenger services celebrations.

“Congratulations to all involved.”