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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.

Preserved Pullman coaches at the NYMR

Notable Services[]

East Coast Main Line[]

  • Harrogate Pullman (London Kings Cross - Harrogate, Newcastle, July 1923 - September 1925)
  • Harrogate Sunday Pullman (London King's Cross - Harrogate, Sundays only, ceased 1967)
  • Hull Pullman (London King's Cross - Hull Paragon, formerly Hull portion of Yorkshire Pullman, 1967–78)
  • Queen of Scots (London King's Cross - Glasgow Queen Street, ceased 1964)
  • Tees-Tyne Pullman (London King's Cross - Newcastle Central, ceased 1976)
  • White Rose (London King's Cross - Harrogate, operated as a Pullman 1964-67 as replacement for Queen of Scots)
  • Yorkshire Pullman (London King's Cross - Harrogate / Hull Paragon (to 1967), ceased 1978)
  • Eastern Belle Pullman (London Liverpool Street to variously Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Cromer, Sheringham, Clacton, Hunstanton and Skegness, etc., as well as along the Aldeburgh branch. Ran on one specific day of the week to each destination, e.g., in June 1929 the train ran to Felixstowe on Mondays, Clacton on Tuesdays, Frinton & Walton on Wednesdays, Dovercourt & Harwich on Thursdays and Thorpness/Aldeburgh on Fridays, etc. Destinations and days visited varied in later years. Ran only from 1929 to 1939 and did not resume post-war.[1]

Midland Main Line[]

  • Midland Pullman (Blue Pullman service, London St Pancras - Manchester Central, also short workings from London to Leicester Midland or Nottingham Midland, 1960-66 only, replaced by Manchester Pullman)

West Coast Main Line[]

  • Liverpool Pullman (London Euston - Liverpool Lime Street, 1966–74)
  • Manchester Pullman (London Euston - Manchester Piccadilly, 1966–97)

Great Western Main Line[]

  • Birmingham Pullman (Blue Pullman service, London Paddington - Wolverhampton Low Level, 1960–67)
  • Bristol Pullman (Blue Pullman service, London Paddington - Bristol Temple Meads, 1960–73)
  • Oxford Pullman (Blue Pullman service, London Paddington - Oxford, 1967–69)
  • South Wales Pullman (Blue Pullman service after 1961, London Paddington - Swansea High Street, 1955–73)
  • GWR Torquay Pullman Limited. (London Paddington - Paignton.). Ran 08/07/29- summer 1930, Mondays & Fridays.

Southern Lines[]

  • Bournemouth Belle (London Waterloo - Bournemouth West (to 1965) or Bournemouth Central, ceased 1967)
  • Brighton Belle (Pullman EMU service, London Victoria - Brighton, ceased 1972)
  • Devon Belle (London Waterloo - Ilfracombe, ceased 1954, also a portion to Plymouth Friary until 1949)
  • Eastbourne Pullman (Pullman EMU service, London Victoria - Eastbourne, summer Sundays only, 1950–57)
  • Golden Arrow (London Victoria - Dover Marine or Folkestone Harbour, ceased 1972)
  • Kentish Belle (London Victoria - Ramsgate / Canterbury East, 1951–58, replacement for Thanet Belle)
  • Thanet Belle (London Victoria - Ramsgate, ceased 1950)


  1. Source - The Aldeburgh branch by Peter Paye, Oakwood Press 2014