Topaz

PULLMAN COACH

Topaz was a First Class Pullman Parlour Car built by the Birmingham Carriage & Wagon Co Ltd in 1913. It was withdrawn in 1960 and is now preserved at the National  Railway Museum in York. This 3.5” gauge model was built by one of its members and shown by the North London Society at the 2018 Alexandra Palace show. It was built using works drawings and sketches made on a visit to the museum in York.

The first Pullman Railway Coach to enter service in the UK was in 1874 from Bradford Forster Square station to London St. Pancras after import from the US, in an operation pioneered by the Midland Railway, working with George Pullman's Chicago company. The concept of luxury coaches spread to the other UK railway companies.

The Pullman Car Company had its own workshops at Brighton. 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. The last Pullman train ran in 1985.

The Venice Simplon Orient Express company has sought to recreate the ambience of the heyday of Pullman travel by purchasing much of the brown-and-cream Pullman stock from preservation trusts or general storage, and after restoration, began operations in April 1982.

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