Published on 28th April 2018
The annual visit of the Belmond British Pullman to the South West is always an event to look forward to in the railway calendar.
The 2018 visit also displayed the best presented locomotives and stock for years. Rather than the usual Royal or shabby EWS liveried locomotives DB Cargo have recently repainted a pair of their Class 67 locomotives into the classic Pullman livery. Class 67 No.67024 and No.67021 look resplendent and very smart in their new colours and complement the quality of the prestigious service which they are providing. The Pullman arrived in the South West on Friday 27th April working south from London Victoria through to Truro and Penzance. The service travelled in top and tail formation to Taunton before adding No.67021 to the front of the train to tackle the Devon Banks. After an overnight stay in Cornwall the high class dining service departed Penzance at 08:44 with a day trip to Bishops Lydeard . Tickets (which had sold out) were priced at £495 including the day trip events from Bishops Lydeard. On board passengers enjoyed sparkling Bellini upon boarding, a three course brunch along with morning tea and coffee. Upon arrival at Taunton No.67024 was uncoupled from the front of the train passing back through Platform 4 and rejoined the opposite end of the train, in order to lead the charter service onto the West Somerset Railway. The Pullman was originally booked to travel through to Minehead however axle weight issues on the WSR now prevent Class 67s from travelling over the length of the line. Passengers were disembarked at Bishops Lydeard with those choosing the Dunster Castle visit transferred onto coaches from Williton based company Ridlers for their visit, remaining passengers transferred onto a waiting steam train service to Minehead and back hauled by BR 7F No.53808. For the return trip to Penzance passengers were greeted with a Champagne reception on board, a sumptuous four-course dinner with wine and cheeseboard selection followed by Coffee and petit fours.