Graham Farish 371-741 Midland Pullman Six Car Unit Nanking Blue With Yellow Ends N Gauge

£249.95

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Graham Farish 371-741

Midland Pullman Six Car Unit
In Nanking Blue With Yellow Ends
N Gauge
6 Pin DCC Ready

Out of stock

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Graham Farish 371-741

Midland Pullman Six Car Unit
In Nanking Blue With Yellow Ends
N Gauge
6 Pin DCC Ready

Midland Pullman
Brief History
Born as a result of the 1955 British Railways Modernisation Plan, the Midland Pullman six-car units were built by Metro-Cammell of Birmingham, in conjunction with BR. Part of a batch of five ‘Blue Pullman’ sets, the two Midland Pullman were designated first class only, and commenced operations on the Manchester Central to London St Pancras service on 4th July 1960.

These high-performance trains were built with the aim of attracting the attention of Businessmen traveling to and from London and were intended to represent the ultimate in luxury travel within the UK. In response to the increasing popularity of air travel, the Midland Pullman trains were packed with innovative ideas and luxury features, with a number never seen before on the railways; these included full air conditioning and public address throughout. Each train also featured two kitchen cars, somewhat unusual for a train 6 cars in length. For the Midland Pullman, however, two kitchens were considered vital in order to sustain the at-seat silver service dining service, delivered to every passenger by highly trained staff of Pullman stewards.

The inclusion of underfloor-mounted diesel driven generating sets with the trains meant that lighting and auxiliary services could be powered without sacrificing motive power output.

The exterior of the Midland Pullman was equally impressive. The result of the design process was a streamlined train, unlike anything seen in Britain before – a prestige symbol of the Modernisation Plan. The iconic front-end designed was finalised after no less than thirteen mock-ups to perfect the profile, and was finished off with a new stretched version of the traditional Pullman crest.

The last Midland Pullman journey on the Manchester Central to London St Pancras service was on the 15th April 1966. Following transfer to operate on the Western Region, by 1973 all five sets had been withdrawn,with none being preserved

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