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Securing the future of the Wealden Pullman - we need YOUR help!

We're embarking on an ambitious investment programme to enhance and secure the future of the Wealden Pullman dining train

Our plans include:  Marquetry sml


 • Building a canopy for the Pullman siding to ensure the historic carriages are protected from the weather
 • Completion of restoration of Pullman Car ‘Aries’ - once a favourite of the Royal Family
 • Improving access for wheelchair users
 • Restoration of the original 1920’s marquetry panels that once adorned the walls in ‘Theodora’

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But the first part of the journey is to replace our kitchen car, the very heart of the train where all the wonderful meals we serve are freshly prepared onboard. Our existing kitchen carriage ‘Diana’ has served us well, but after nearly 40 years’ continuous service, she will soon require a major overhaul and update. Fortunately, we've been able to secure another kitchen carriage which we plan to overhaul to modern standards. This then releases ‘Diana’ for her own refurbishment, before she takes her new place in our regular passenger trains, offering an improved range of everyday meals.

In addition to a kitchen to modern specification, the project incorparates vastly improved access arrangements for passengers confined to a wheelchair. Back in the 1920's, Pullman Car doors were not designed with ease of access in mind, but by incorparating a wider doorway in the new carriage, access into Pullman Car Theodora will be greatly improved.

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Why 'Project Camilla'?

Whilst we've not yet chosen a name for the new kitchen carriage itself‘Camilla’ was the name carried by one of the six Hastings-line Pullman Cars, of which our own ‘Barbara’ and ‘Theodora’ are now the sole survivors.

The first element of the project will cost around £200,000 to complete, but in early 2019 the project gained the support of the LEADER Fund and Kent County Council when it was awarded a grant for £74,000. To this excellent start we have been able to add £38,000 from donations and our own funds already held in reserve, leaving £88,000 to be raised. Fortunately, as a registered educational charity, the project can benefit from Gift Aid, so for every £1 donated UK tax payers, the government will put in 25 pence - so with Gift Aid, the total we need to raise is £70,000.

We need YOUR help to achieve that - every donation, however small, is valued, but if you donate:


We will provide you with an attractive donation certificate suitable for framing, recognizing your contribution to the project.

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A donation certificate, one years membership of the K&ESR for yourself or a friend, project updates

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A donation certificate, one years membership of the K&ESR, project updates, complimentary entry to an exclusive members only event and a table for two on the special Wealden Pullman train bringing the new kitchen car into service.

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All benefits as above, but to include life membership of the K&ESR and a table for four on the special Wealden Pullman train to bring the new kitchen car into service

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To make a donation for another amount or to setup a regular donation, visit our dedicated donation page

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30th July 2019

The first physical steps in the ambitious project to restore a kitchen carriage for the popular ‘Wealden Pullman’ dining train were taken today. Having been loaded onto a specialised lowloader yesterday, the carriage left the K&ESR for transfer to Arlington Fleet Group Ltd's restoration workshops at Eastleigh, Hampshire. The £200,000 vehicle overhaul is expected to take 6 months. Following restoration of the vehicle, it will be returned to Tenterden where kitchen contractors will fit out the interior.

KESR RU 1987 being loaded at Wittersham Station

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The is supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

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