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The first Pullman Railway Coach to enter service in the UK was in 1874, after an assembly of imports from the US, in an operation pioneered by the Midland Railway, working with George Pullman's Chicago company. The coach "Midland" was of Clerestory Roofed design with balconies at both ends. The concept of luxury coaches spread to the other UK railway companies thereafter.

The Pullman Car Company was formed in 1882 and named after the Pullman concept pioneered in the United States by the American railroader George Pullman. The company entered into contracts with the railway companies to operate Pullman services over their lines.

Pullman trains offered more luxurious accommodation than ordinary mainline trains. The PCC had its own workshops at Brighton. Pullman Car manufacture was also carried out by Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company and Metropolitan Cammell Carriage and Wagon Co.. The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway was the first UK railway company to operate a complete Pullman train, the Pullman Limited, which started on the London to Brighton route on 5 December 1881.[

As Mr Smail recounts "...In 1906 the LBSCR introduced three new thirty-five ton twelve-wheelers Princess Ena, Princess Patricia, and Duchess of Norfolk. These last three cars were the first Pullmans to be painted in the now familiar umber and cream livery. Hitherto the Brighton Pullmans had been painted dark mahogany brown with gold lining and scrollwork. Some of the older cars had the name in an oval panel on the side. In 1903 Mr. Billinton changed the colour of the ordinary L.B. & S.C.R. coaches to umber brown with white or cream upper panels, and in 1906 this colour scheme was also adopted by the Pullman Car Co., with the name of the car in large gilt letters...".

This was the beginning of the tradition of PCC services operating with a brown-and-cream livery and named carriages, which continues to the present day. Pullman trains were mostly locomotive-hauled, although from 1932 the electrified Southern Railway and its successors operated electric multiple units, the British Rail Class 403 as the Brighton Belle. The Great Western Railway originally used leased Pullman carriages to service the boat train traffic to Plymouth, but these were replaced by the larger and more oppulent Charles Collett designed GWR Super Saloons from 1932.

During World War II all Pullman services were suspended. They resumed operation shortly after the end of the war.

The Pullman agreements were continued by British Railways upon nationalisation in 1948, while the Pullman company remained privately owned. The company acquired the lease on the former Taff Vale Railway carriage and wagon works in Cathays, Cardiff, which then maintained both Pullman stock as well as BR rolling stock, and residual private owner wagons. By the late 1950s the image of Pullman trains remained luxurious, but the rolling stock was increasingly outdated.

For More information please follow this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pullman_train_(UK)

Pullman coaches always make a great sight on your railway. More modern offerings from Hornby and Bachmann come with very high detail and working table lamps on many models. Older version still offer great value for money.

H33260

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79.99

Hornby

R4419

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Hornby R4419 Pullman 3rd Parlour Car 12 wheel 'No 294'

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H33259

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R4420

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Hornby R4420 Pullman 1st Kitchen car Car 12-wheel 'Neptune'

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H33157

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34.99

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R4144A

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Hornby R4144A Pullman 3rd Class Parlour Car No. 34

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H34144

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18.99

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R233

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Hornby R233 Pullman 3rd class Parlour Brake

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