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Preston Park ex-Pullman Works Fire

On Thursday 11th December 2003 there was a fire in the old Pullman Car Works at Preston Park. As well as playing havoc with the trains, this caused considerable local news interest with 'inflammatory' stories of considerable damage being caused. Fortunately it would appear that this was not so, as our roving reporter Glen Woods discovered when he visited the scene during the following week. He was amazed to see that from the south end he could see virtually no damage! The fire was confined to the north end where the building tapers as it is in the triangle between the main line and the Cliftonville spur to Hove. Damage to the roof appears to be one or two of the short bays - the location makes it difficult to see.
 
A view of the north end of the ex-Pullman Car Works showing the damage to the roof caused by the fire on Thursday 11 December 2003. There appears to be one, possibly two, damaged roof bays but it is difficult to see due to the fact of the location. A local resident who witnessed the fire (also a railway enthusiast) stated that it was only one bay.

photograph by Glen Woods

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PPPW The view from the south end showing that the damage to the roof was really quite small.

photograph by Glen Woods

 
The former Pullman Car Works is on the left and the smoke damage can be discerned. Rolling stock is berthed in the 'Straight Road' and the 'Inner Straight' as a Virgin cross country service passes en-route to Brighton.

photograph by Glen Woods

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