The Pullman Legacy…
The Pullman Car Company was formed in 1882 and named after the concept was 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.
Pullman Cars 83 & 84, aka ANN and MARY
The Railway has two 3rd Class Pullman cars that are used on special trains and occasions, emulating a style of opulent travel from an age gone by. Delivered new together in 1930 to the LNER as no.’s 83 and 84, on withdrawal the two went their separate ways, to eventually be re-united on the KWVR.
Whilst on the Railway they have been named ‘Ann’, in honour of founding father of the Railway, the late Bob Cryer, and his wife, President of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society, Ann Cryer and ‘Mary’, the wife of the late Bishop Eric Treacy and in whose memory the coach is named.
Pullman Car Mary
The featured image, shows Ann and Mary behind celebrity LNER A3 Pacific 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ that visited the KWVR for the first week in April in 2017.