British Railways Mark 1 Restaurant Kitchen Coach

Food preparation on the Railway’s dining trains is undertaken in a purpose built kitchen car. Although not the biggest kitchen for a chef to work in, the food is superb!

Although BR initially built full kitchen cars they proved uneconomical and Mark 1 coaches were built, half kitchen / half dining. W1963 is one such coach but on arrival at the Railway in 1987 was converted into a full kitchen for use on the Railway’s highly acclaimed White Rose dining trains, alongside the two Pullman coaches and open coach W1013.

The interior has been fully modernised to comply with the latest food preparation techniques and standards but the character of the traditional railway kitchen car has been retained. However the carriage has been de-modernised by the re-installation of steam heating and vacuum braking to be compatible with our steam engine fleet.