Passenger access to the vehicles was through inward opening doors into the entrance vestibules at the ends of the cars which were wide and spacious, and the access gangways between the cars were also wider than normal width.
The gangways were mounted on pivots at the ends of each vehicle. When joined together these semi-floating units between pairs of cars formed a level platform free from the normal gangway oscillation. Rubber seals covered the outside of the gangways and prevented draughts and loss of conditioned air.
At starting and stopping points it was the responsibility of the Pullman Car Attendants to see that before departure all outside passenger doors were properly closed and secured by means of a safety catch fitted to the inside of each door.
The complete train was fully air-conditioned with automatic control of air temperature and humidity. The inward flow of air to the saloons from the air-conditioning plant was through outlets in a duct concealed by the central lighting panel. Particular care was taken to achieve a high standard of sound insulation, and track noise was reduced to a low level. The insulated floors were fully suspended.
The windows at each table were double glazed to prevent condensation and heat
losses, and to provide sound insulation. Clips were provided on the lower
framework between the inner and outer windows to hold a capsule containing
silica-gel crystals. The capsules were fitted at certain periods of the year to
avoid misting of the windows. Should a window become badly misted it was possible
to clear it by:
a) Removing the table lamp
b) Unscrewing the special screws securing the inner glass
c) Opening the inner glass, the frame of which was hinged at the bottom
d) Cleaning the inner surface of the glass
e) Closing and lock the inner window and replacing the table lamp.
Small venetian blinds were fitted between the two sheets of glass and these blinds could be raised or lowered and the angle of the slats adjusted by means of small control handles fitted at both sides of the windows in the first class or above the windows in the second class saloons. In the first class separate blinds were provided for each half of the passenger windows so that passengers on both sides could adjust individually their own blinds; in the second class only one blind was provided for the whole width of the window.
The second image shows the first class seating
In the beginning
WR press run 1
WR press run 2
Type 1 - LMR motor car
Type 2 - WR motor car
Type 3 - WR parlour 2nd car
Type 4 - LMR kitchen car
Type 5 - WR kitchen car
Type 6 - LMR/WR parlour 1st car
Bogies & couplings
LMR services begin
WR services begin
WR publicity brochure
WR publicity leaflet
Rundown & withdrawal
After service & preservation
Acknowledgments & Further Reading
No vehicles were preserved..