Golden Arrow (train)

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The Golden Arrow (Flèche d’Or) was a luxury boat train of the Southern Railway and later British Railways.wikipedia
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Southern Railway (UK)

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The Golden Arrow (Flèche d’Or) was a luxury boat train of the Southern Railway and later British Railways.
The Southern Railway operated a number of famous named trains, including the Brighton Belle, the Bournemouth Belle, the Golden Arrow and the Night Ferry (London - Paris and Brussels).

Boat train

The Golden Arrow (Flèche d’Or) was a luxury boat train of the Southern Railway and later British Railways.

Pullman train (UK)

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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.
The Bournemouth Belle ceased in 1967, with the Brighton Belle and Golden Arrow following in 1972, by which time most of the coaches used on those trains were at least 40 years old.

SR Lord Nelson class

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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.
The planned 500-ton trains never materialised, but the class was regularly used on 460 ton trains such as the Golden Arrow.

Night Ferry

The carriages of the daytime Golden Arrow train did not cross the English Channel.

British Rail

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The Golden Arrow (Flèche d’Or) was a luxury boat train of the Southern Railway and later British Railways.

London

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It linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the Flèche d’Or of the Chemin de Fer du Nord and later SNCF which took them on to Paris.

Dover

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It linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the Flèche d’Or of the Chemin de Fer du Nord and later SNCF which took them on to Paris.

Calais

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It linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the Flèche d’Or of the Chemin de Fer du Nord and later SNCF which took them on to Paris. The Flèche d’Or was introduced in 1926 as an all-first-class Pullman service between Paris and Calais.

Chemins de Fer du Nord

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It linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the Flèche d’Or of the Chemin de Fer du Nord and later SNCF which took them on to Paris.

SNCF

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It linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the Flèche d’Or of the Chemin de Fer du Nord and later SNCF which took them on to Paris.

Paris

Paris, FranceParísParisian
It linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the Flèche d’Or of the Chemin de Fer du Nord and later SNCF which took them on to Paris. The Flèche d’Or was introduced in 1926 as an all-first-class Pullman service between Paris and Calais.

Pullman (car or coach)

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The Flèche d’Or was introduced in 1926 as an all-first-class Pullman service between Paris and Calais.

World War II

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The train service ceased at the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939.

Gare du Nord

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As of 1949, the all-Pullman train was scheduled to depart from London Victoria at 10:30, with the connecting train from Calais reaching Paris (Gare du Nord) at 17:30, and from Paris at 12:15, with the connecting train from Dover arriving in London at 19:30.

Greenwich Mean Time

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This worked out to a scheduled journey time of 6 hours eastbound and 6 hours, 15 minutes, westbound after accounting for the one-hour difference between Greenwich Mean Time and Central European Time.

Central European Time

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This worked out to a scheduled journey time of 6 hours eastbound and 6 hours, 15 minutes, westbound after accounting for the one-hour difference between Greenwich Mean Time and Central European Time.

Festival of Britain

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In 1951, a new set of Pullmans was built, exhibited as part of British Railways' celebration of the Festival of Britain.

Bluebell Railway

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The preserved Bluebell Railway in Sussex runs a "Golden Arrow" train with Pullman cars "Car 64 (Christine)", "Fingall", "Car 76 (Lillian)", and an ex-LMS BGZ.

Sussex

County of SussexSussex, EnglandSouth Saxon
The preserved Bluebell Railway in Sussex runs a "Golden Arrow" train with Pullman cars "Car 64 (Christine)", "Fingall", "Car 76 (Lillian)", and an ex-LMS BGZ.

London, Midland and Scottish Railway

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The preserved Bluebell Railway in Sussex runs a "Golden Arrow" train with Pullman cars "Car 64 (Christine)", "Fingall", "Car 76 (Lillian)", and an ex-LMS BGZ.

Channel Tunnel

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The main-line service was revived for a one-off event on 6 May 1994 when it formed part of the celebrations for the inauguration of the Channel Tunnel.

Department for Transport

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The Golden Arrow insignia, of 'Golden Arrow' titles on a green disc with a golden arrow element passing through the two 'O' letters is still a registered trademark and is still today owned by the Department for Transport, officially registered to the Secretary of State for Transport.