Along with the Blue Train, the Golden Arrow was probably the most recognisable CIWL train in the UK during the 1930's. The glamorous 'First Class Only', Pullman Golden Arrow service began running between Calais and Paris in September 1926 - during the CIWL's Golden Jubilee year. The coaches were originally painted in the same brown/cream livery as the British Pullmans but were re-painted in blue and ivory during 1932. This soon became the CIWL's signature Pullman livery. In the same year, second class Pullmans were added.
The serviced ceased operating during World War 2 but resumed on 15h of April, 1946. One year on saw the Golden Arrow become the only postwar Pullman train operating on the continent. By 1950 however, regular SNCF (French Railways) coaches had been added to the rake, and the number of Pullmans was gradually reduced from 4, to 2, and finally 1.
The Golden Arrow was finally taken off of the timetables on May 31st, 1969 after the last Pullman ran from Calais to Paris.
The Golden Arrow departing from victoria Saturday 18.04.64
Golden Arrow at Bickley Junction - 19.3.55
Canterbury westside of Prince of Wales pier, Dover 1930's