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Met-Camm 6/8-car Blue Pullman


Interior (contd.)

In each car the seating was arranged in facing pairs on one side of the passenger gangway and in facing individual seats on the other, with double or single fixed tables respectively set between them. All seating was of the armchair type with deep foam-rubber cushions upholstered in red or blue striped fabric trimmed with back and grey plastic hide.

The first class seats could be adjusted from the reclining to the upright position, using a control which was fitted in the end of one of the arms and was operated by pressing upward with the fingers, enabling the passenger to adjust the angle of the seat back. The seats were mounted on runners for sliding back and forward to the table. This was operated by a release lever on the framework of the seat, requiring the passenger to reach down and pull up the lever and sliding the seat. Both of these controls were placed on the gangway side of each first class seat.

Second Class

In the second-class saloons the seats were of the same armchair type but were not adjustable.

All seats on the train were reservable in advance and this facility was given at starting points and all intermediate calling points. For this each seat was numbered individually and the numbers were displayed on the gangway side of the head rest.

The coach registration letters were displayed on metal plates which were inserted in slots provided on the outside of the coaches near the passenger access doors, and on the inside in the end vestibules of each coach.

The lettered plates were reversible, so that when the train is reversed, or one half-set in the train is replaced by another half-set under the maintenance programme or for any other purpose, the correct registration could be displayed. The standard arrangement for WR sets was for the leading vehicle to be 'A' and the rear vehicle 'H'. So the reversible plates were lettered as: Motor cars A/H, Parlour cars (second class) B/G, Kitchen cars C/F and Parlour cars (first class) D/E.

The Pullman Car Company's staff were responsible for the reversing of the car registration plates at the terminal stations.

A press button was provided at each table below the window so that the attendant may be called. When this button was pressed a small green lamp above the table was illuminated to indicate to the attendant where they were required.

A buzzer sounded in the corridor outside the pantry in the kitchen cars and a green lamp above an arrow indicated the direction in which the attendant should proceed.

The call button was cancelled by the Attendant pressing a button placed under the outer edge of the table on the supporting leg and by pressing a further button adjacent to the directional lamps in the corridor of the kitchen cars.

The system was arranged so that each kitchen car served the half of the train of which it formed a part.

The interior decor, which varied from vehicle to vehicle, was chosen to give pleasing and colourful combinations, mainly of decorative rosewood and ebony veneers, grey plastic hide, plastic facings, and contrasting seat upholstery. The partitions forming the ends of each passenger saloon were decorated with wood veneers and abstract plastic inlays. Each partition had glazed panels in the access door, the glass having a vertical stripped pattern which acted as a mirror but allowed impeded vision at close quarters.

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