Haymarket wrote:Thanks for responding so quickly and with such detailed information. I'm not familiar with the coach codes but managed to find an LMS site that explained them. I would have expected more First Class accommodation on the train because of it's non-stop nature. I thought it might have attracted more business passengers as well as holidaymakers.
I did not realize that the kitchen and restaurant car were combined. I remember separate kitchen cars in early LMR expresses. I suppose they had to keep the weight down on the Elizabethan. I have been taking a very close look at the film again and I'm wondering if there are not more than 18 seats in the dining car scene.
Also in the film, I believe the scene after the train has just passed Grantshouse shows that the BG is behind the locomotive so perhaps the set was reversed on that occasion.
The scene with the BG leading is probably a southbound train.
The open third/second was also dining - there was separate dining for each class. Here is the 1958 formation:
Italics indicate fluid dining. Asterisks indicate Mark I stock.
By the late 1950s, the key business trains were the morning and evening Talisman workings.