Pullman car moves to restaurant

An interesting carriage has recently appeared in the car park of an Indian restaurant at Polhill near Sevenoaks in Kent.

There is a plate on the underframe showing ‘LNWR Wolverton 1908.’ It carries BR-type electric charging points. On each bogie are chalked ‘PE/DO 01/11,’ which make it appear that it may have run within the last 10 years.

The carriage outside the restaurant. ROGER DAVENPORT

The window arrangement has the appearance of a sleeping car. Does anyone know its story?

We intend to have dinner to ask why they have acquired it but haven’t yet managed it.

Roger Davenport, email

ED: We’ve been told that the vehicle was privately owned and previously based at the Bluebell Railway, which declined to buy it – editor

An Ivatt tank a long way from home

One of the interesting things about BR operations and trainspotting in particular was the ability of BR to do strange things; that’s what made watching trains and locomotives so interesting!

Ivatt 2-6-2T No. 41312 at Crewe works in May 1963. JOHN HOBBS

In your piece “Southern flavour boosts Severn Valley gala success” in issue 227, you advised that No. 41312 “spent its entire 15-year life working life on BR in the Sunny South”.

My box Brownie image of No. 41312 at Crewe Works on May 5, 1963 says otherwise. It seems strange that a locomotive allocated to Brighton should be sent so far to receive an overhaul. I would put money on Crewe (North) sending it on local turns to Northwich and Manchester (Mayfield) while it was running in!

Yes, I did go down to the SVR for a ride behind it. Thanks for great coverage.

John Hobbs, Warrington

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