Sunday, 8 February 2009

The Electric Light in Trains

The new Pullman express running from London to Brighton, which is said to be the best-equipped train in the world, has been fitted with Edison's incandescent electric lights, fed with electricity from the accumulators or electric reservoirs of M. Faure. The train consists of four Pullman cars, each 58 feet in length, and providing a continuous passage from end to end of 232 feet. That next the engine is a parlour car, and is divided into three compartments having seats and tables, lavatory and dressing-room. The second carriage is furnished like a drawing-room, and has at one end a ladies' boudoir, and at the other a storeroom and locker. It is reserved for ladies travelling alone or accompanied by gentlemen. The third car is for refreshments, and the fourth is for smoking in. Parts of the latter car contains the baggage and the eighty Faure accumulators charged with electricity. The ventilation is effected by louvre windows in the roof, and the furnishings are of walnut and deep red Utrecht velvet. Each palace car is lighted by five pairs of incandescent lamps suspended with their reflectors from the ceiling, and the smoking car is lighted by five single lights in the same manner. During the passage of the train through tunnels these lights are flashed on. Electric bells are placed in all the carriages to call the attention of the refreshment bar. Along the floor there is a continual circulation of heat by means of hot-water pipes, and thermo-meters, barometers and clocks are placed in the carriages. To make the train complete, a newspaper stand and letter-box are provided for the convenience of passengers.
Cassell's Magazine February, 1883.

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