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The postman knocketh

Penlowry

As the railcar has progressed I’ve thought about how to fit out the interior. I want it to be a symbol of the “bold bright future” post WW2 for low season so it is being designed with a third class compartment and a first class compartment.

A few years ago when I lived in Australia, as part of a piece of work to look at how to improve services on the Traveltrain network in Queensland, I was asked to assess whether the Great Southern Pacific Express set could be used. This set of 21 carriages had been authorised by a rather eccentric Queensland politician who thought Australia should have something to rival the Orient Express. Unfortunately a) he used a lot of taxpayers’ money building it, b) the railways built the carriage bodies and interiors but then mounted them on old brake van bogies that were never intended for the…

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