Image courtesy of Ernie Brack taken at Clapham Junction 3rd July 1967
When the Wealden Pullman was first ran, back in 1974, our volunteers rightly decided that it would be unfair if they were to benefit from the gratuities left by customers. So it was decided that donations would be pooled into a restricted fund and used to make improvements to the train. In that way, our volunteers could continue to make improvements to 'their' train and these same improvements would benefit the customers too - everyone wins! What better improvement could we make than a 'new' Pullman Car? Thanks to the generosity of our Wealden Pullman customers, we've been able to do just that when we acquired Pullman Car ‘ARIES’. Rescued from a garden in Devon, it is to be restored to its former glory (as illustrated) and will operate as our third dining car here on the Kent & East Sussex Railway between Tenterden and Bodiam.
‘ARIES’ was the very last Pullman Car to be constructed by the Pullman Car Company at Preston Park Works, Brighton. It was outshopped in 1952 as one of the Festival of Britain cars for the London to Dover ‘Golden Arrow’ service. You can learn more about 'ARIES' and her restoration here