‘Northern Belle’ sale confirmed

BELMOND’S disposal of the ‘Northern Belle’ luxury dining train was completed in November.

The new owners of the train are David Pitts, boss of marketing agency DP Publicity (DPP), and David Smith, owner of West Coast Railways (WCR).

West Coast Railways operated an unusual private charter from Carnforth to Monk Bretton in West Yorkshire on November 11. No. 45699 Galatea visited the site of the former Royston shed (55D), which closed in 1967. Threading through wonderful autumn colours, the ‘Jubilee’ passes Halifax with just three vehicles in tow, including an inspection saloon. BOB GREEN

Once the busy Christmas and new year programme is completed, the train will move from its current Kidderminster base to WCR at Carnforth, where winter maintenance work and kitchen car refurbishment will be carried out ready for the 2018 season.

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David Pitts said: “The ‘Northern Belle’ is a perfect fit with the rest of West Coast Railways’ business.

Read more in December’s issue of The RM – on sale now!

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