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Golden Arrow Pullman Cars

  
   Pullman Car PERSEUS is pictured at Clapham Junction on 7th May 1969 when in use on the GOLDEN ARROW and numbered S301   Keith Gunner
  
   Pullman Car CYGNUS, fully restored, is pictured in use at Cardiff on 29th June 2002   Ivor Bufton

  
   Pullman Car PEGASUS at Wolverton Works on 20th June 1976, following withdrawal. It had latterly been used as the Nightcap Bar on Sleeping Car trains numbered M310E   Keith Gunner
  
   Pullman Car PEGASUS, fully restored, is pictured in use at Chester on 2nd May 2005   Ivor Bufton

At the beginning of 1972 six of the ten 'Golden Arrow' Pullman Cars built in 1951 and 1952 remained in use. The number of Cars needed for the 'Golden Arrow' progressively reduced from 1963 with displaced Cars finding use elsewhere. The train last ran on Saturday 30th September 1972. As a consequence all but 'PEGASUS' of the remaining Cars were withdrawn. 'PEGASUS' was by then in use as a 'Nightcap Bar' on West Coast Main Line Sleeping Car Trains, a role it continued to perform for several subsequent years.

All ten of the Cars are listed.

Schedule NumberNameWithdrawnDisposal
301PERSEUS1972Preserved at North Yorkshire Moors Railway 10/72. Moved to Steamtown Railway Centre, Carnforth, Lancashire where it was overhauled for use with Venice-Simplon Orient Express.
302PHOENIX1972Preserved at Longmoor Steam Railway, Liphook, Hampshire. Moved to Lyons, France 1973 and used as a restaurant. Moved to Steamtown Railway Centre, Carnforth, Lancashire 1980 where it was overhauled for use with Venice-Simplon Orient Express.
303CAR 3031967Bird Group, Long Marston, Worcestershire 10/68.
304ARIES1969Used at the Yew Tree Inn, Thornham, Rochdale, Lancashire. Moved to East Lancashire Railway, then to storage at MoD Kineton, Warwickshire, then to Portsmouth Arms station, Devon, then to Kent & East Sussex Railway, then to Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
305AQUILA1967Preserved at Bulmers Railway Centre, Hereford 10/68. Moved to Venice-Simplon Orient Express, then to Colne Valley Railway.
306ORION1972Preserved at Ashford Steam Centre c10/72, then to Peco Modelrama, Beer, Devon.
307CARINA1972Preserved at Longmoor Steam Railway 10/72. Moved to Lyons, France were used as a restaurant in 1973. Moved to Steamtown Railway Centre, Carnforth 1980, then Venice-Simplon Orient Express, then to North Yorkshire Moors Railway, then to Bluebell Railway.
308CYGNUS1972Preserved at North Yorkshire Moors Railway 10/72. Moved to Steamtown Railway Centre, Carnforth, Lancashire where it was overhauled for use with Venice-Simplon Orient Express.
309HERCULES1969Transferred to Departmental Stock as Laboratory Coach ADB975022 based at Railway Technical Centre, Derby but the conversion was never completed. Broken up on site at Clapham Junction 21/7/73.
310PEGASUS1976/77Preserved at Birmingham Railway Museum, Tyseley. Moved to Steamtown Railway Centre, Carnforth c1995, then to Blake Fabrications, Leith, Edinburgh where structural overhaul took place, then to West Coast Railway Company, Carnforth, Lancashire where overhaul for Railfilms completed.

Photographs and other information will be welcomed by Peter Hall

last updated: 24/03/15