The 15th Annual Carriage Convention will be held for the first time in Wales during the weekend of 18th/19th October 2014 at the Llangollen Railway.

Delegates are being invited to attend from the diverse groups involved with carriage restoration at the many heritage railways and museums in the United Kingdom and beyond. The gathering will bring together the vast knowledge and experience of those working to preserve the wide variety of heritage carriages which exist in operational condition, or as museum exhibits, and others in course of restoration.

During the course of the Convention the Llangollen Railway intends to provide practical demonstrations of work on rail vehicles, including panel welding and body repairs, mechanical maintenance and wood manufacturing in the railway’s workshops.

Delegates are invited to give talks on the many varied aspects of carriage restoration and are encouraged to bring display boards illustrating the work they are involved in with their project for the promotion and interest to others.

The exchange of information will help those looking for assistance with their own challenging restoration project. These may benefit from applying new technology to the solution for a repair of obsolete equipment, for example, as pioneered by others.

A Carriage Parts Sales Stand will provide for the many items needed to complete a restoration project from screws to full size vehicles and a mini car boot sale on Sunday morning will cater for those who bring parts for sale.

The Convention will provide a full tour of the engineering workshops at the Llangollen Railway which is the home for such new build locomotive projects as the Patriot ‘The Unknown Warrior’, ‘Betton Grange’, the ‘Night Owl’ and the recently announced B17 ‘Sandringham’. The work shops were the location for the acclaimed restoration of the Great Western Steam Railmotor and Trailer as now operational at the Didcot Railway Centre.

Restoration projects completed at Llangollen Railway will be on show and will include the Wickham railcar, the Southern Railway Elephant Van, the London North Eastern Railway Thompson Brake Third coach and the former Kings Cross Suburban Coach set, as well as other projects which are underway.

A convivial Saturday evening will be offered with a trip on the Llangollen Railway’s Real Ale Train which operates with the restored Elizabethan Buffet coach.

The booking fee for those attending is £30, payable to Llangollen Railway PLC.

Llangollen Railway director, Peter Lund said, “We are delighted to be hosting the Carriage Convention and look forward to meeting delegates from a wide range of participating railways and museums. We want to make this weekend a very useful occasion for all delegates. By bringing people together to share their experiences and to view our own projects, we hope to promote the important work of continuing to provide historic railway vehicles for the enjoyment of the many people who visit heritage railways.”

Details for booking to attend the convention are available from Llangollen Railway plc by email to: llangollen-railway@btinternet.com.

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