The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 7 (December 1, 1930)
For the Rail Traveller's Comfort
For the Rail Traveller's Comfort.
In few branches of the railway industry has such striking progress been recorded as in the design and construction of passenger carriages. Luxury travel is now the order of the day on every main line, and in Europe some marvellously comfortable vehicles recently have been put into traffic. Following the introduction of de luxe day cars on the “Flying Scotsman” trains, the London and North Eastern line has now put on to its Anglo-Scottish routes new sleeping cars of quite a novel style which really are nothing less than sumptuous bedrooms on wheels.
These new cars, built in the railway shops at Doncaster, are 63½ feet long, and are mounted upon two 4-wheeled compound bolster 8ft. 6in. wheelbase bogies. The underframe is of steel, and the body of teak, while the space between the double floor and the inner and outer sheeting of the roof and sides is packed with asbestos felt, eliminating vibration and reducing the noise of travel. Four entrance doors at both ends are provided, and each car carries ten completely private bedrooms, arranged in pairs, which, if so desired, may be converted into five double rooms by means of communicating doors. An attendant's compartment, lobby and toilet room is installed, and the whole of the metal fittings of the cars are chromium plated. In each bedroom a complete full-size walnut bed is provided, including a box spring mattress with hair and wool overlay and two blue Witney blankets to match the colour scheme of the room. The snow-white bed linen and pillowcases are finally covered with a fawn embroidered bedspread. There is a white porcelain wash-basin with hot and cold running-water in each room; a large frameless bevelled mirror; and two convenient folding tables. Each bedroom measures 6ft. 7¼in. by 4ft. 6in., and the new vehicles represent the very last word in modern sleeping-car design.