Belmond British Pullman Carriages
The Belmond British Pullman luxury train operates from London Victoria Station, sometimes with a steam engine.
The British Pullman is the English train on the 'orient express' route with Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Day excursions with fine dining visit iconic destinations in England & Wales. Shorter dining experiences run non-stop round trips through southern England.
Damaged in 1940 by air raid at London Victoria Station, repaired and rejoined Brighton Belle in 1947.
Carried the Queen, the Queen Mother and H.R.H. Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh to review the Fleet in 1953. Transported the Queen on her visit to Sussex University 1964.
Decoration: marquetry landscape panels and Art Deco strip lights.
Request to travel in Audrey*.
Used in the special Festival of Britain train in 1951.
Reserved for use by Royalty and visiting Heads of State. Made last journey of Golden Arrow 1972.
Featured in the film ‘Agatha’ with Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman.
Decoration: Australian walnut panels, mirrors and old prints.
Request to travel in Cygnus*.
In 1948 was used to convey H.M. Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) to Brighton.
Brighton Belle service withdrawn in 1972. Preserved as a restaurant at The Horseless Carriage, Chingford, Essex, and later at the Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex.
Decoration: Pearwood shell motif on English walnut.
Request to travel in Gwen*.
Ibis is the oldest carriage in the Belmond British Pullman. Constructed 1925 by Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. Sold to La Compagnie Internationale des Wagons- Lits et des Grands Express Européens for service in Italy.
Bought by the Pullman Car Company Ltd. in 1928 and returned to Britain for Golden Arrow service. Entered Cunard boat train service between Victoria and Southampton 1952. Retired 1968.
Decoration: Greek dancing girls marquetry.
Request to travel in Ibis*.
Built in 1928 as a First Class parlour car for the Queen of Scots Pullman. Transferred to Southern Region in 1963 and ran in Bournemouth Belle until 1967. Preserved by Mr E. Lewis-Evans at the South Eastern Steam Centre, Ashford until 1984.
Decoration: burr wood panels and Victorian frieze.
Request to travel in Ione*
First class parlour car, 24 seats, built 1928 by Metropolitan Cammell Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd for the Queen of Scots Pullman of the London and North Eastern Railway.
Transferred to Southern Region in 1963 and ran in Bournemouth Belle 1963-67. Preserved by Mr E Lewis-Evans at the South Eastern Steam Centre, Ashford 1968-84. Acquired in 1985.
Decoration: Grecian urn design on green dyed holly wood.
Request to travel in Lucille*.
First class parlour car, 26 seats, built 1927 by Midland Railway Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd. Devon Belle 1947-51.
Used in the special Festival of Britain rake 1951. Golden Arrow 1951-61. Acquired from Lytham Creek Railway Museum 1981.
Decoration: Edwardian-type marquetry.
Request to travel in Minerva*.
First class parlour car, 26 seats, construction commenced 1938 but completion deferred until 1951 due to war. Builders were Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Co.
Used in the special Festival of Britain rake State; used in Winston Churchill's funeral train 1965; made last journey of Golden Arrow 1972. Acquired from North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 1977.
Decoration: ash panels and old prints.
Request to travel in Perseus*.
First class parlour car, 26 seats, built 1927 by Metropolitan Cammell Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd, named Rainbow.
Burned Micheldever, England 1936. Rebuilt 1952 by Preston Park Works, Brighton, and appropriately renamed Phoenix.
Favourite carriage of the Queen Mother: used by General de Gaulle and visiting heads of state; made last journey of Golden Arrow 1972. Became stationary restaurant in Lyon, France 1973. Acquired 1980.
Decoration: oval frames of marquetry flowers on American cherrywood.
Request to travel in Phoenix*.
First class kitchen car, 20 seats, built 1932 by Metropolitan Cammell Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd for the Brighton Belle, always paired with Audrey as a two-car unit.
Directly hit in an air raid at Victoria Station in 1940. Roof extensively repaired, rejoined Brighton Belle in 1947.
Used by royalty to review the Fleet in 1953 and for Prince Charles's and Princess Anne's first trip on an electric train in 1954. Brighton Belle service withdrawn in 1972.
Preserved as a garden house in Suffolk. Acquired in 1985 and joined the British Pullman in 1990.
Decoration: marquetry antelope leaping between palm trees.
Request to travel in Vera*.
First class parlour car, 24 seats, built 1928 by Metropolitan Cammell Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd. Bournemouth Belle 1929-46.
Queen of Scots and Yorkshire Pullman 1946-55. Golden Arrow 1955-60. Queen of Scots 1960-61. Tees-Tyne Pullman 1961-65.
Used in film Agatha about Agatha Christie, 1976. Acquired from T Robinson 1979.
Decoration: Art Deco marquetry.
Request to travel in Zena*.
A further seven unrestored carriages are stored for the train: four First (Phyllis, Agatha, Mona and Ruth) and three former Brighton Belle 5BEL Third carriages (No. 86, 92 and 93). An eighth vehicle, Car 83 is also owned by the company, but runs as Mary on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
The Luxury Train Club arranges the private rental of Belmond British Pullman carriages for up to 26 guests per car.
More than one car can be hired. The Train Chartering Company provides the private charter of the whole train.
Menus and onboard entertainment are tailored for the hirer's requirements.
Contact the Club to book a journey or to request* a particular Belmond British Pullman carriage.
* Requesting travel in a particular carriage is subject to availability on the day of departure.