The Lavender Line
It is with great pleasure that the railway has taken on board a new member of its carriage collection in the shape of London and North Western railway Semi royal saloon number 806 of 1903.
806 arrived at Isfield on Wednesday 12th March and is currently residing in the dock platform at Isfield station. This carriage has been based at the nearby Bluebell railway since 2000 where she spent a number of years being restored by their carriage and wagon team. It then joined the Bluebells elite Pullman fleet of carriages where it provided semi royal style dining hauled by steam.
Built in Wolverton in 1903 she was built around the same time and as the same body specification as the two LNWR royal saloons which were built for King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. These family saloons were frequently attached to the royal train for use of close friends and family members who are not immediate royalty. 806 was withdrawn from service in 1971 and was privately preserved in 1973. She was restored in 1989 and arrived at the Bluebell railway in the Autumn of 2000 where she ran on and off until 2009.
This beautiful looking semi royal carriage is currently on long term loan to the Lavender line where her owner is seeking good use and enjoyment out of it rather than being kept out in the open not in use.
806 will be placed into service immediately following a safety assessment where after it is planned to run her behind Austin 1 and Yvonne on cream tea specials which will be attached to our mark 1 sets. For more information on 806 running days keep and eye out on the latest news and for our cream tea specials coming soon.