Great YOUTUBE video of the Brighton Belle.
29th June 1934: Staff of the Southern Railway at Victoria station, London changing the name board on the front of a train, the ‘Southern Belle’ is now called the ‘Brighton Belle’. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Launched by the Southern Railway in 1933, it offered passengers traveling between London and Brighton a unique blend of romance, luxury and personal service.
When the Brighton Belle was withdrawn from service in 1972, it looked like not only the end of a glorious era, but also the permanent loss of a railway icon.