By Roger Melton
SUNDERLAND City Council is offering three Pullman coaches for sale along with a BR Mk.1 TSO.
The coaches formed part of the Pullman Lodge Hotel at Seaburn and the site has recently been acquired by the local authority.
The three Pullmans – Rosalind and Padua with six-wheel bogies and Sapphire with four-wheel bogies – are survivors of later use as holiday homes or mobile offices.
As such, they have very good interiors, with much of the priceless panelling intact.
However, all three date from the early 1920s and are of all-timber construction, they do not have a separate steel chassis. Indeed, this design feature may preclude them being restored to running order, even for 25mph running.
The problem is compounded by the fact that the 12-wheelers are on their original bogies, which are timber-framed, albeit clad in protective steel sheet.
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