Status: Restoration will begin once 3916 is complete. Preventative maintenance occurring as required currently
Location: Wansford: Part of Nord Express line up by Main Entrance
The restaurant car, no. 2975, was built in 1927 in Italy. It is currently painted in the Pullman colours of cream and blue livery.
In its service life, this car spent most of its time in Switzerland. This is a major reason why the coach survived World War 2 while many other Wagons-Lit's carriages were not so lucky.
Restaurant cars were usually attached to the back of other regional expresses and then removed at the country's border.
2975 is actually the heaviest coachin the UK, weighing in at 55 tons.
The coach was withdrawn from service in 1977 and moved to the railway in 1978 after being purchased by Thomas Cook and used for dining trains on the NVR.
The car is now located in the entrance of the car park at Wansford, as part of the Nord Express display. It requires a substantial 6 figure sum to get it into running condition again however. This will be our next project after the Sleeping Car.
A series of photos of detailed parts taken in 2009