Kent and East Sussex Pullman Car Restoration

Theodora (K&ESR No. 51)

“Theodora was built in 1926 by the Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon Company, Birmingham. One of just six specially built for the London Charing Cross to Hastings line, she provided a majestic, well-loved means of transport around southern England for almost forty years.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway were able to save two of these ornate Pullman carriages from the scrap heap in 1963. Sadly the ornate marquetry had been damaged by years of water ingress, but with the help of Wheathills, Theodora can now 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 aspect 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.

There's still plenty more to do...