Belmond British Pullman passing through Thanet stations today

The Belmond British Pullman Photo John Horton

By John Horton

The Belmond British Pullman will be passing through Thanet railway stations today (December 18).

Originally launched as the Venice Simpson Orient Express ( VSOE) -owned by Sea containers limited – the 1920s Pullman ran from London Victoria to Folkestone Harbour in the 1980s,.

She operated at times on special charters around the UK for day trips and prestigious events such as the Grand National.

Now the Belmond British Pullman, all coaches have been lovingly restored to original condition, many from other long gone Pullman car services in the 60s/70s.

Pullman Car “Phoenix” is a rebuild of a coach named “Rainbow” which was destroyed in a fire at Lovers Walk, Brighton. The rebuild using the original chassis of Rainbow, created a new coach -risen from the ashes.

The Pullman boasts antique-style marquetry, vintage lighting and heritage upholstery. She will not feature a steam loco to haul it today but will be diesel hauled.

The engines were built turn of the century in Spain and were for postal traffic but then the Post Office withdrew its traffic being rail hauled.

Both engines are in Pullman livery, 67024 and 67021. She departed London Victoria at 11.05am heading to Canterbury.

She will pass through:

Birchington 13:40

Westgate 13:42

Margate 13:44

Broadstairs 13:51

Dumpton Park 13:53

Ramsgate 13:56

Minster 14:03

Canterbury West 14:17, where she will stop for a short while


  1. And tuesday and wednesday next week at Broadstairs around 14.05, also one new years eve the pullman will be coming through thanet and stopping at ramsgate station around 21.15 for 13 minutes , before ariving back at London Victoria around 00.28 ! Always looks great passing through after dark , seeing the tables all lite up etc ,fantastic.

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