Exactly one month early, Santa has been to the Apedale Valley Light Railway and delivered us a large new toy. To be honest, we were rather disappointed that it wasn’t gift wrapped with a nice ribbon bow, but that’s life. FR117 is our first fully enclosed coach, and should be very useful once overhauled and converted to meet our needs. As it will be by far our best coach, it will have to be allocated a Pullman name. Pullman Car Cathartidae was popular amongst those who unloaded it. In all seriousness (for once), we should record a big thanks to Paul Lewin and the FR; they didn’t have to make these coaches available, and by doing so, they offering a big help to the minnows of the narrow gauge world.