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.
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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