The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 3 (August 1, 1931)
Britain's Fine Pullman de Luxe Trains
Britain's Fine Pullman de Luxe Trains.
To meet the needs of increasing business, the Southern Railway is busy on a vast improvement scheme at Southampton Docks with the object of providing 15,500 feet of additional quayage space. The site of this extension is to the west of the present docks, and some 400 acres of foreshore are being reclaimed and a quay wall 7,000 feet long constructed. This will enable an additional pier to be provided 5,000 feet long and 400 feet wide, with berths on both sides, for the accommodation of the largest ocean liners. The quays will be furnished with up-to-date equipment and large passenger and freight sheds, rail communication with the main-line system being provided at both the western and eastern ends.
Between Southampton and London the boat train traffic has until recently been worked by fast trains composed of side corridor carriages with restaurant cars attached. In future this business will be handled by luxurious Pullman trains-de-luxe on the lines of the famous “Golden Arrow” service between London and the continent. The shells of the new Pullman cars are built entirely of steel, the underframe being an integral part of the body. The floor is of dovetail corrugated steel. On this rests a page 44 fireproof flooring, which in turn is covered with rubber matting and carpets. The cars are 65 feet in length, 12ft. 5in. high and 8ft. 7in. wide. The interior appointments are on the most luxurious lines, and a most favourable impression should be created in the mind of visitors to Britain from overseas securing their first introduction to Home railway travel on their journey in the Southampton-London Pullman.