Until the company was purchased by British Railways after nationalisation all British Pullman cars were owned by the private Pullman Car Company, who collected an additional fare from the passengers wishing to travel in their more comfortable coaches and enjoy top quality cuisine served at their seats.
All Pullman coaches were given fleet numbers in the Pullman Car Company list, but the cars are best known to the public and enthusiasts for the names which were applied to the sides of the first class cars, third class cars just carrying their numbers.
New and highly detailed models of the Pullmans have been produced in recent years. Hornby have modelled the classic Pullman coaches of the 1920s and 30s, while Bachmann have released models of the BR Mk.1 Pullman cars built in the 1950s.
Most Pullman cars are divided into two categories, kitchen cars which had a food preparation kitchen at one end or parlour cars which were all-seating coaches. Usually the crew of one kitchen car would be able to serve the passengers seated in that car and those in an adjacent parlour car.