THREE Pullman coaches which formed part of a Sunderland hotel have been moved for restoration and a new life on the south coast.
The three former ‘Orient Express’ Pullmans – Rosalind and Padua with six-wheel bogies and Sapphire with four-wheel bogies – are survivors of later use as holiday homes and mobile offices.
As highlighted in HR issue 224, they formed part of the Pullman Lodge Hotel at Seaburn , the site of which was acquired by Sunderland City Council for redevelopment as new housing and leisure estate on the seafront.
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Demolition work on the hotel, which housed the Pullmans for 30 years, is now underway.
Once the three were extracted from their plinths over March 11-12, Andrew Goodman’s Moveright International transported them by low loader to Barrow Hill, where they will be restored. Afterwards, their buyer will move them to a new base at Folkestone.
The three were once part of the original world-famous ‘Orient Express’ train which ran between London and Dover.
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