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We gave the Pullman trains two chapters in "LNER Passenger Trains & Formations, The Principal Services", covering all the workings in LNER and BR days. They were among the most photographed of all the passenger trains in the UK and many railways books are so full of them that you might imagine that they were a frequent service with everything else fitting in between! OK, we've talked elsewhere about how misrepresentative railway photography can be but it's also fair to say that the Pullman service was changed many times and the account we offered ended up with a quite a few illustrations from rather a large heap!

So here are more. They don't necessarily add much to the historical account but they were in a class of their own, glamorous, and I for one, never get tired of looking at them.

The "Queen of Scots" is under its own heading, here's a selection for the "Yorkshire Pullman".

The Yorkshire Pullman"

In brief, this service was started in 1925 as the "West Riding Pullman", its route was revised several times and given a new name in 1935 as the "Yorkshire Pullman" (see LPT&F-1 pp.175-180). It kept the new name in BR days (p.204-205).

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A pre-War view with 4473 Solario heading the Down "Yorkshire Pullman". The leading 6 cars are for Harrogate, the next two for Halifax, and the two to be detached off the rear at Doncaster are for Hull. Photo: Colling Turner.

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It's 3.50pm in March 1948 and A3 No E62 Minoru pulls away from King's Cross with the "Yorkshire Pullman". The portions were now from Harrogate, Bradford and Hull. The new livery is being carried by the loco with BRITISH RAILWAYS on the tender but the train nameboard is still the LNER painted one. Photo: CCB Herbert.

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The Up "Yorkshire Pullman" makes its way over Langley Troughs in 1949 behind Copley Hill's Peppercornn No 60123, not yet named H.A. Ivatt. The new cast train nameplate is being carried. Photo: R.F. Reardon.

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A4 Pacifics were not very common on the "Yorkshire Pullman". King's Cross's 60016 Quicksilver has the Down train near Potters Bar, possibly because the Peppercorn A1 from Copley Hill had been failed at "Top Shed". 1953. Photo: Author's collection.

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Copley Hill's A1 No 60118 Patrick Stirling lifts the "Yorkshire Pullman" out of Leeds Central c1953 past its home shed. At 1:50 this was the steepest part of the climb out of the Aire Valley. Note the J6 in the local goods yard and on shed, a passenger tank and a Thompson B1. Photo: Author's collection.

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A few miles further down the line passing Ardsley, 60123 H.A. Ivatt" has the "Yorkshire Pullman's" seven cars from Harrogate and Bradford. 1957. Photo: Author's collection.

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Possibly another failure at King's Cross of the Copley Hill Peppercorn has resulted in substitution by a gleaming A3 No 60103 Flying Scotsman. June 1959. Photo: Derek Cross, author's collection.

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To be continued...

Other Leeds-West Riding topics re the GN and ECML:

"The Queen of Scots: is here.

Bradford to King's Cross portions: are here.

Copley Hill engine shed: is here.

West Riding conurbation: is here.

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