A special display is being put together at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum to mark 50 years since the decommissioning of the electric Pullman service known as the ‘Brighton Belle’.
Some memorabilia is already in place at the museum (our Brighton station partner) in Trafalgar Street underneath Brighton railway station.
It includes tickets, souvenirs, table lamps and photos from the iconic train service which was taken out of service on 30 April 1972.
The display has been put together by Antony Ford, curator of the Pullman Society, in conjunction with the Brighton Toy and Model Museum.
He 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.”
A special Pullman train is running on 30 April from London Victoria to Brighton and back. The publicity for the service says: “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.”
Photo: display of Brighton Belle memorabilia. Credit: Sussex Downs Line community rail officer Paul Bromley