New museum display marks 50 years since the end of the ‘Brighton Belle’

Picture credit: Sussex Downs Line community rail officer Paul Bromley

A special display has been created at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum to mark 50 years since the decommissioning of the electric Pullman service known as the ‘Brighton Belle’.

It includes tickets, souvenirs, table lamps and photos from the iconic train service, which was taken out of service on 30th April, 1972.

The display, which opens on 30th April, has been put together by Antony Ford, curator of the Pullman Society, in conjunction with the Brighton Toy and Model Museum, which is a station partner with Southeast Communities Rail Partnership at Brighton and a Community Rail Network member.

Antony said: “Accompanied by siren blasts and a stream of champagne, the much-loved, much-lamented, and much-fussed ‘Brighton Belle’ bowed out of public service 50 years ago, with its last scheduled run in blue and grey livery taking place in memorable style.”

To mark the occasion, a special Pullman train is running from London Victoria to Brighton and back on 30th April. Publicity for the service states: “The iconic Brighton Belle was the first electric Pullman service in the world. The height of 1930s glamour and innovation, the train escorted day trippers to the charming South Coast.”

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