Vintage Pullmans head south


Pre-Grouping coaches leave the North East for a new life in Kent.

THREE Pullman coaches that have been a feature of the seafront at Seaburn, near Sunderland, have been moved after more than 30 years.

Six-axled Pullmans Rosalind and Padua are prepared for removal from the Pullman Lodge Hotel & Restaurant in Seaburn, Sunderland, on March 11. All photos by Paul Fuller

Padua, Rosalind and Sapphire arrived in Seaburn in 1988 to form part of the Puffin’ Billy Hotel & Restaurant, which later changed its name to the Pullman Lodge Hotel & Restaurant until the business closed last year.

They have now been acquired for use in the redevelopment of Folkestone Harbour, which will be a more appropriate location as the three were once part of the ‘Orient Express’ between London Victoria and Dover.

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Preparatory work was done by Railway Support Services, including disconnecting the vehicles and
making sure the wheels would turn after 30 years in the sea air.

A view inside Parlour First Padua, which still has a 1920s feel.

They were then moved over the weekend of March 11-12 by Moveright International to Barrow Hill for assessment and restoration.

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