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|Battle of Britain class loco 34067 Tangmere aproaches Canterbury West with the 'Golden Arrow' railtour. |
The Flèche d’Or was introduced in 1926 as an all-first Pullman service between Paris and Calais. On 15 May 1929 the Southern Railway introduced the equivalent between London and Dover. The train usually consisted of 10 British Pullman cars, hauled by one of the Southern Railway’s Lord Nelson class locomotives, and took 98 minutes to travel between London and Dover. Because of 'market forces', including the impact of air travel on the underlying economy, ordinary first- and third-class carriages were added in 1931. Similarly the first-class -only ferry, Canterbury, was modified to allow other classes of passenger.
The train service was stopped at the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939. It resumed after the war on 15 April 1946; initially running with the pre-war Pullmans and the Trianon Bar car, a converted twelve-wheeled Pullman car. In 1951 a new set was built as part of the Festival of Britain.
In 1961 with the Kent Coast electrification scheme the train became electric-hauled. A decline in demand saw the last Golden Arrow run on 30 September 1972.
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- [2008-04-13 2:06]
simpática escena y detalles,
buen trabajo y pov,
I have just found this photo. (I only came back to TL in May).
I like this shot very much. You have found a very good spot in which to take the photo. Good composition. Well Done.
PS I have added it to my Steam Railways Theme.