Belle Epoque PDF

Former Brighton Belle Pullman carriage at London Victoria, now part of the Venice Simplon Orient Express fleet. A former East Coast Main Line Pullman car built by Belle Epoque PDF-Cammell in 1960, now in preservation.


Seen at Swanage station in 2005. Pullman trains in Great Britain were mainline luxury railway services that operated with first-class coaches and a steward service, provided by the British Pullman Car Company. The first Pullman Railway Coach to enter service in the UK was in 1874 from Bradford Forster square Station to London St. Pancras station 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 PCC 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.