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Created 13-Mar-12
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The1960 glossy brochure which accompanied their introduction began “The British Transport Commission, as part of the Modernisation Plan, has decided to introduce de-luxe Pullman Diesel trains between important business centres”. The streamlined fixed formation sets were air-conditioned, an important selling point since no other trains had this feature at the time, and were painted in a striking pale blue livery set-off by white around the double-glazed windows.

British Railways introduced them on the London Midland and Western Regions in an attempt to attract business travellers on three important routes to London. The former employed its sets on the London-Manchester service while the latter put them on its West Midlands and Bristol business trains. They were built in Birmingham by Metropolitan-Cammell and those on the Western were eight car sets with a mix of first and second class seats whereas the London Midland six-car sets were all first class; meals were served at all seats in the traditional Pullman manner.

Midland Pullman 1960s St Pancras

Midland Pullman 1960s St Pancras

Blue Pullman 1966-05-10 Saunderton

Blue Pullman 1966-05-10 Saunderton

Blue Pullman 1965-08-20 High Wycombe

Blue Pullman 1965-08-20 High Wycombe

Blue Pullman 1964-03-16 High Wycombe

Blue Pullman 1964-03-16 High Wycombe

Blue Pullman 1960-06-23 High Wycombe

Blue Pullman 1960-06-23 High Wycombe

Blue Pullman 1961-08-30 Saunderton

Blue Pullman 1961-08-30 Saunderton

Blue Pullman 1960-09-13 High Wycombe

Blue Pullman 1960-09-13 High Wycombe

Blue Pullman 1964-03-31 London Paddington

Blue Pullman 1964-03-31 London Paddington

Blue Pullman 1970s London Paddington

Blue Pullman 1970s London Paddington

Blue Pullman 1960-09-24 Dock Junction

Blue Pullman 1960-09-24 Dock Junction

Blue Pullman 1962 Paddington

Blue Pullman 1962 Paddington

Blue Pullman 1962c Leamington Spa

Blue Pullman 1962c Leamington Spa

Blue Pullman 1963-05-31 Sonning Cutting

Blue Pullman 1963-05-31 Sonning Cutting

Midland Pullman 1965 Cricklewood

Midland Pullman 1965 Cricklewood

WR Pullman 1968-04 Bristol Bath Road

WR Pullman 1968-04 Bristol Bath Road

Midland Pullman 1963-08-26 Glendon

Midland Pullman 1963-08-26 Glendon

Midland Pullman 1961 West Hampstead

Midland Pullman 1961 West Hampstead

Midland Pullman 1960-07-24 Kettering

Midland Pullman 1960-07-24 Kettering

Midland Pullman 1960 St Pancras

Midland Pullman 1960 St Pancras

South Wales Pullman 1964-03-21 near Rainhill

South Wales Pullman 1964-03-21 near Rainhill

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Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Railway
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Keywords:BR, Blue Pullman, DMU