1st / 3rd Cardinal’s Saloon F.35
The first of two saloons to be fitted with first class interiors in one portion, this being slightly longer than the third class area, in common with Royal Saloon F.36; this became the central portion of three-saloon Bar Set with F.31 and F.32 from 1980 in conjunction with the ManxLine SeaLink boat train promotion, later painted into a plan red and white livery shared at the time by the bus fleet; 1993 saw it revert to a variation on the original purple lake scheme and again in 2000 when the familar post-war red and cream livery was reapplied. Converted further in 2013 to become an integral part of the new dining train, at which point the bar was refitted and chemical toilet removed to become home to the inverter room. At this time a new bar area with fridges and a coffee machine were also installed. Disappointingly the once plush first class area with its flip-over seats latterly became something of a mess room (in every sense) for the dining train staff.