HC Deb 09 July 1947 vol 439 cc226-7W
Lieut.-Colonel Boles

asked the Minister of Transport why it was found necessary at a time of severe cuts in train services for the public to inaugurate the "Devon Belle" and what is the comparable seating capacity between this special and the normal long-distance express of 14 coaches.

Mr. Barnes

The shortage of standard type carriages is handicapping the railways in running weekend holiday trains, and pullman cars which were available have, therefore, been pressed into service to enable this extra train to run. It seats 378 passengers; if normal stock had been available, it would have seated about 600.

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