Gaugemaster GM200101 The Brighton Belle N Scale Starter Set
Ex Tax: £229.16
1 x Arnold Brighton Belle 2-Car EMU (DCC-Ready - use DCC93 Decoder)
1 x Oval of Kato UNITRACK
1x SX Controller and Transformer
The Brighton Belle travelled the line between London Victoria and Brighton for nearly forty years. Commissioned as part of Southern Railways’ mass-electrification, it was the world’s only all-Pullman electric service.
The distinctive umber and cream livery on all British Pullman cars comes from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway coach livery, which was used on the Pullman Limited, a precursor to the Brighton Belle which began running in 1881.
In 1908 LB&SCR introduced the Southern Belle, which was billed as ‘the most luxurious train in the world’. It was pulled by steam traction until 1933 when the electric 5BIL units were introduced. A year later the train was renamed Brighton Belle in a ceremony at Brighton Station.
The service was suspended during the Second World War, but resumed afterwards until, and to great outcry the service was withdrawn in 1972 and the tired stock went into preservation. Many of the cars became ‘Pullman Restaurants’, while some were bought by the Venice Simplon Orient Express.
A mural commemorating the Brighton Belle is painted in the arches under Brighton Station beside the Toy and Model Museum, and there are efforts to restore a fully working five-car unit to mainline running with work being undertaken at Barrow Hill.