English Afternoon Tea in the Pullman Coaches
Pullman Car Services on the KWVR
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway own two Pullman coaches, Mary & Anne, which we operate in the finest traditions of the Pullman Car Company, recreating the luxury travel of days gone by.
Relax in your sumptuous seat as you experience the comfort of luxury travel from the days when, as a passenger in an opulent Pullman Car, you experienced the best that rail travel in Britain could offer. Sit back and enjoy a traditional, English Afternoon Tea – a delicious combination of sandwiches and cakes plus tea and coffee.
Oxenhope – Keighley and return in Pullman Comfort
Your table awaits… …fresh flowers, starched linen, and glittering glassware greet you as you board the train. Take your seats and savour the atmosphere as your journey begins.
Sit back and relax in your plush surroundings as you experience a leisurely steam hauled journey, with stunning Bronte Country scenery slipping past your picture window, whilst enjoying your traditional, English Afternoon Tea.
You may also wish to enjoy a drink from our wide selection at the onboard bar, including fine wines, hand pulled beers and soft drinks.
Our smart and attentive volunteers are ready and waiting to serve you!
Special occasion? Why not treat yourself to a celebratory glass of sparkling wine or even a bottle of Champagne. Please let us know in advance so we can have it suitably chilled for your arrival.
Dates & Times for 2017
Pullman coaches, serving Afternoon Tea will be attached on each of the following days:
Mothering Sunday, 26th March – Fully Booked
Every day, Good Friday 14th – Easter Monday 17th April
May Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May
Sunday, 28th and Bank Holiday Monday 29th May
Sundays, 4th & 18th June, 16th & 30th July and 13th August
Sunday, 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th August
There will be two sittings, with the Pullman Cars attached to the following train services:
Pullman A – Depart Oxenhope 12.30
Pullman B – Depart Oxenhope 14.00
£30 per person
Includes your English Afternoon Tea, one round trip in the Pullman coach and a Day Rover ticket to travel the line all day in our 1950s vintage carriages.
Bookings can be made by calling Haworth Station, 01535 645214 every day (except Christmas Day) between 09.00 and 16.30.
Pullmanic by David Pearson (aged 62½)
Tucked away at Oxenhope away from public view
Are two outstanding coaches, awaiting use by you
Ann & Mary the Pullmans, the finest of their types
To travel in them is a pleasure, despite the extra price
At Easter and some Sundays, and Bank holidays too
The cars will run from Oxenhope, to Keighley and back for you
Luxury doesn’t do them justice, as hopefully you will see
With Afternoon Tea, cakes and sandwiches, just like it used to be
Glorious and grandly, as in the days of yore
Ann & Mary the Pullmans will make you hanker for more
The grandest of their type, people say are these two mighty cars
And what makes them even better, they run next to a bar
So come along to Oxenhope and pay that little bit more,
The price is very reasonable, it won’t make you poor
But leave your prams and bags behind, your small children too
For this is a special adult thing, just designed for you
Ann & Mary the Pullmans, elitist and so grand,
If you choose to use them, you’ll feel the bestest in the land
The Pullman Legacy…
…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.
The introduction of Pullman Cars to Great Britain heralded an era of luxury travel for railway passengers, epitomised by famous trains such as the ‘Golden Arrow’, ‘Tees Tyne Pullman’ and the ‘Brighton Belle’.
Pullman trains offered more luxurious accommodation than ordinary mainline trains and customers were treated to an outstanding level of service on board. The immaculate Umber and Cream colored carriages were a sight to behold and Pullman was the only way to travel.