These Pullman Cars were built by the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Co. Ltd. for the LNER (two) and SR (five).
In 1923 the LNER introduced the Harrogate Pullman, bringing Pullmans back to the East Coast Main Line after an absence of thirty years. It worked initially from King’s Cross to Harrogate via Leeds, soon being extended via Ripon to Newcastle. In 1925, it was further extended to Edinburgh, and renamed as the Harrogate and Edinburgh Pullman in 1925.
Upon another extension to Glasgow in 1928, the train was renamed to the Queen of Scots. To coincide with this, a rake of all-steel cars of five different types were built and this etch represents one of these. They were reputedly the finest and best appointed cars ever to be owned by the Pullman Car Company. All five types are available in the Comet range.
In due course, particularly after World War II, they would have been found on other Eastern Region Pullman services, i.e. the Yorkshire Pullman, the Tees-Tyne Pullman and The Master Cutler. In 1960 the other four types were replaced by new ones based on the BR MkI, but the brake thirds continued for a few more years until replaced by BR MkI BGs.
The SR cars worked originally on Southampton Ocean Liner trains and the Bournemouth Belle. After Nationalisation, all five were transferred to the Eastern Region.
Following the introduction of BR Mk1 Pullmans, all except Zena moved to the Southern Region to work the Bournemouth Belle.