Theodora (K&ESR No. 51)
Theodora was built in 1926 by the Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon Company. Once a majestic, well loved means of transport, The Kent & East Sussex Pullman carriages are now in a state of disrepair. Thankfully, they have been faithfully kept until now, and the hope is that with the support of friends, the first carriage, Theodora, will be sympathetically restored to her former beauty.
Funds are being raised from well-wishers, past passengers, enthusiasts and local families; a whole community of people are getting involved in this worthy project. These funds are carefully assigned to each part of the restoration, and Wheathills part in this endeavour has now begun.
Sample marquetry has been created...
A frieze has been restored...
The first panel has been dismantled
The veneers and marquetry have been repaired and a new special half hour fireproof finish has been applied. This has been designed to simulate traditional hand French polishing.