Travelling on a luxury train

The Belmond British Pullman is a premium class luxury train. The "little brother" of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express invites its guests to exclusive day and weekend trips in the South of England.



The time-honoured Victoria Station north of the Thames is the point of departure for many short trips towards the most different destinations. The most beautiful tours are those on board of steam trains being pulled by legendary locomotives like the "35028 Clan Line". Railway friends can choose three offers. The "Bristol & Brunels SS Great Britain" line travels to Bristol. In the port city in the south-west of England the passengers visit the "SS Great Britain“. The fist steam ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The destination of the "Historic Bath" route is the historic health resort of Bath. Already 2,000 years ago, the Romans used the hot springs for their spas. The third tour is called "The golden age of travel". During this trip, no particular destination is stopped at. It is rather a ride across the beautiful landscape. However, there is one thing all three tours have in common. The personnel pamper the passengers with an exquisite four-course menu and select beverages.


The Belmond British Pullman consists of eleven brown-beige saloon and dining cars in the Art Deco style. The name is derived from the manufacturing company Pullman which designed comfortable sleeping cars, the Pullman cars, already in 1858. All of the historical carriages date from the 1920s and 1930s. The operating company Belmond bought them between 1977 and 1982. The carriages were restored carefully and true to the original. Despite the nostalgia, the well-heeled passengers will not have to do without modern comfort. So, for example, electric heating systems and safety glass were installed. By the way, it is not possible to stay overnight in the train because there is no sleeping car.



Some of the beautiful carriages have a fabulous history. Famous people like Queen Elisabeth II and many other members of the Royal Family had themselves spoiled aboard the dining cars "Audrey" and "Vera" and relaxed afterwards. Important state visitors like the French President Charles De Gaulle travelled across England aboard the saloon car Phoenix. Inside the saloon car "Cygnus" the US actors Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave shot for the successful film classic "Agatha".



The Belmond British Pullman is undoubtedly a premium class luxury train. Carefully restored carriages, celebrity passengers, first-class service and the exquisite cuisine. So, a ticket may easily cost about 500 euros per person. A trip you should grant yourself.


Photos: Matt Hind, Tom Railway