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World's Top 25 Trains

Train: British Pullman

Train Type: Luxury

British Pullman
Tile floor from 26-seat, first-class British Pullman parlor car

British Pullman
British Pullman table setting. (Photo: Owen Hardy, IRT)

British Pullman
A British Pullman carriage outside Kensington Olympia Station, London. (Photo courtesy of Orient Express)

British Pullman
British Pullman chefs at work. (Photo courtesy of Orient Express)

Journeys on this Train

Orient-Express: Venice-Prague-Paris-London
Orient-Express: Venice-Paris-London
Orient-Express: London-Paris-Venice
Orient-Express: Romantic Italian Holiday
Orient-Express: Venice-Vienna-Paris-London
Orient-Express: Venice-Budapest-Paris-London


Introduction/History:

The British Pullman is a luxury, vintage day train that completes the British leg of Orient-Express journeys between Paris and London. Passengers from the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express debark in Calais, France, and board a special bus for the short "piggyback" train ride through the Eurotunnel to Folkestone. There, they board the British Pullman for the ride to London's Victoria station.

The British Pullman, along with its "sister" train the Northern Belle, also operates a full array of day trips and weekend breaks throughout Britain, many of them with themes such as castles, gardens, historic houses, romance and Christmas. Of special interest to railfans are the British Pullman's steam-hauled trips. Please call for details.

Each of the British Pullman's cars has its own name, décor and history. "Minerva" and "Perseus," for example, were used to bring foreign dignitaries to Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. "Perseus" also was used in Winston Churchill's funeral train in 1965. The Queen Mother used "Phoenix" on many occasions, while "Audrey" was regularly used by members of the Royal Family between 1951 and 1964. "Zena," meanwhile, was a star in the 1976 film 'Agatha.'

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Accommodations

The British Pullman comprises 11 lovingly restored cars from the 1920s and 1930s, all sporting an elegant cream and burnt umber livery. Each car seats 20-26 passengers;  the train's total capacity is 226. Passengers are seated at tables for two or four, although one car has a limited number of single tables and tables for three.

If you are having a very important date on board this train, please let us know. You can book a private saloon for additional cost.  For an engagement, a honeymoon or anniversary, it would be a very special venue.

Dining

Dining is high art on the British Pullman. Tables are set with starched white cloth, shining silverware and glittering crystal. Each meal is accompanied by fine wines and champagnes selected by the train sommelier.

Passengers heading towards the Channel from London are served lunch. A typical luncheon menu might be: seasonal soup served with chived créme fraiche; seared fillet of herb encrusted salmon, braised broad beans and smoked bacon, baby new potatoes served with a Noilly Prat sauce; chocolate Jaffa Cake tart.

Passengers headed toward London from the Channel board in time for afternoon tea and champagne. A typical tea menu might include a selection of finger sandwiches, warm scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam; afternoon tea pastries; and a selection of tea and Columbian coffee.

Lounge Cars

Not applicable.

Other

There are many day programs in the UK on this fabulous train, some steam-hauled. Please inquire.

While you're on it, be sure to inspect the fantastic mosaic floors of the bathrooms of this historic train. They are spectacular. Many match the theme of the name of the car.

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