1927-built Pullman makes historic journey through the Channel Tunnel

PULLMAN Car Phoenix became the oldest rail vehicle to move by rail through the Channel Tunnel in late-March.

It is part of the Belmond ‘British Pullman’ train.

Belmond ‘British Pullman’ Parlour Car Phoenix was a very unusual visitor to Dollands Moor yard in late-March, during its remarkable journey from London to southern France via the Channel Tunnel. DB CARGO

The 1927-built Parlour Car was moved by DB Cargo UK from London to Dollands Moor and over Eurotunnel metals to Frethun, before being taken forward to Clermont-Ferrand by DB Cargo’s French subsidiary Euro Cargo Rail.

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It was attached to the rear of empty vans returning to France after delivering Volvic bottled water to the UK, and was the first time that such an historic wooden-framed carriage of its type has undertaken such a journey.

It has been moved to undergo an internal restoration and external overhaul at a specialist workshop in the area.

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