Dining by Rail

Dining by Rail

Dining on the rails was once an essential part of long-distance travel, but now this facility is limited to very few routes alongside special or tourist trains. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES investigates how changing times have led to the demise of the restaurant car.

Above: Dining was an important part of long distance passenger operations before the Second World War with all the ‘Big Four’ offering premium catering for their passengers. One such train was the ‘Coronation Scot’ from London Euston to Glasgow which included kitchen cars to serve its passengers. In 1938 LMS streamlined ‘Princess Coronation’ 4-6-2 6220 Coronation hurries north with the down ‘Coronation Scot’ for Glasgow Central near Acton Bridge. Rail Archive Stephenson.

In the latte

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