One of the few photos of an original waggon of this type.The restored waggon - © Norman BondPhotos of one of the originals for this type of early waggon were the inspiration for volunteers to make a start on construction, along with the promise of funding from the FR Society. Joinery was straightforward but the waggon required brand new wheelsets of a particular pattern and inside bearing journals. The wheels were cast using an original FRCo pattern, a second set being cast for use under the replica Mk2 quarrymen’s carriage. The waggon was completed in 2012 and turned out in a deep purple maroon livery, based upon paint discovered on an old slate waggon bobbin similar to that used on the Victorian passenger carriages. The choice of colour was also partly inspired by the nickname the waggon had acquired. The old photograph that inspired the project shows one of the two waggons of this type at Minffordd, loaded with large barrels which has led to the replica being dubbed ‘the beer waggon’, a nickname that has stood the test of time. It has spent some time, loaded with appropriate barrels and has delivered full barrels, from the Purple Moose Brewery, to Spooner’s bar for a Vintage Weekend. In August 2013 the waggon spent a week at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London in the company of Prince to promote both brewery and the F&WHR.


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