The Midland Pullman
was the name given to a former express passenger train service operating on British Railways
' old Midland Main Line
between and via and Millers Dale
. The train completed the journey in 4 hours 15 minutes.
In July 1960 the Midland Pullman was relaunched as a luxury all-first-class service using two new Blue Pullman
six-car diesel-electric units, aimed at covering the high end of the Manchester-London business market while services on the West Coast Main Line
were disrupted during electrification. It called only at (now closed), and made the journey from London to Manchester in a record 3 hours 15 minutes. The best time between the two cities immediately previously had been 3 hours 50 minutes.
The Midland Pullman ran every weekday, up to London in the morning and down to Manchester in the evening. To fill in between these turns, there was an afternoon return trip from St Pancras to . The train had two kitchens, and a full meal service was provided at every seat.
The operation attracted criticism because being a fixed-formation train it required a full spare set, making poor use of expensive assets. Critics also noted that the new service was not best timed for priority business use: initially the up Midland Pullman did not leave Manchester until 0900.
Other commentators, however, praised the speed and smoothness of the journey and the... Read More