Railway Club of the New Forest

  Railway Club of the New Forest 

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November 25th 2022                                Meeting at Brockenhurst Village Hall


Ken Mumford presents “The Devon Belle – Part 2. -  Sidmouth Junction to Exeter”.

After WW2 the Southern Railway was anxious to resume as soon as possible. Operation of this all Pullman luxury train began on June 20th 1947 from London Waterloo to Ilfracombe and Plymouth; unusual in that all seats had to be reserved and with an observation car at the end for Ilfracombe passengers.

Despite initial popularity, the train was not such a success as hoped and the Plymouth portion was dropped in September 1949. Services were further reduced in 1952 and withdrawn entirely at the end of the 1954 summer season. If you are interested in this train, this meeting is for you.

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