The Pullman name is synonymous with luxury travel by rail. This new book examines Pullman services throughout the British Isles. There have been Pullmans on British railways for 120 years. There was a shaky period in the 1880s, when the Midland and the Great Northern purchased their cars from the Company, and only the enthusiasm of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway kept them in the public eye; but by 1911 more railways began to use them, and in the 1920s all-Pullman trains gained notable successes. After World War II a number of new Pullman trains were introduced, still using stock of traditional design and livery. From 1960 the cars themselves, which had formerly stood out proudly in a train, became very similar to ordinary coaches, and finally in the 1980s the name Pullman was sometimes used just to denote a superior first class.
Fortunately a number of ‘traditional’ cars had been purchased privately, and were often seen on the main lines, until restrictions on permissible bogies affected some; but the VSOE still runs and a few are still on private railways. The more modern stock has also largely survived; they may look rather unlike the cars of the Golden Age, but they keep alive the Pullman idea of perfection.
This book contains material originally published inPullman Cars of the ‘Southern’ 1875-1972(LP164), which it replaces.
The book is to A5 format and consists of 112 pages which include around 100 photographs and plans etc. It is printed on art paper throughout and has a full colour laminated cover with a square-backed spine.
TheVale of Rheidol Railway(Welsh:Rheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a1 ft 113⁄4 in(603 mm)narrow gaugeheritage railwaythat runs for 113⁄4miles (18.9 km) betweenAberystwythandDevil's Bridgein the county ofCeredigion, Wales. Untilprivatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on thenationalisedBritish Railnetwork, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002. The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.
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