Refreshments at the station

Enjoy a hot or cold prepared meal in our comfortable Mark 3 buffet coach on Sundays between 10 am and 3 pm and on other event days - opening times may vary. Try our toasties with a hot drink. You can also purchase a snack and a hot or cold drink in our restored RMB coach - located in the up platform - when the site is open to the public.

We also stock a range of beers and ciders from local producers and these are available either from the RMB or in the station shop.

Our Restaurant Miniature Buffet (RMB) with a stock of snacks and drinks including our Somerset & Dorset Railway branded ale in cans from Frome Brewery. Visit us on train operating days, Mondays and selected other occasions.

If you like a glass or two of real ale then you'd enjoy our Real Ale Trains that we usually run twice a year in May and October. Check the Events section of this website for more details including confirmation of dates and how to purchase tickets.

Rail Minature Buffet (RMB) - stocked for Gala 8th March 2020
P Stevenson
BR Mk 1 RMB (Restaurant Miniature Buffet) No 1885 (previously M3764 then later W3764)

BR Mk 1 RMB (Restaurant Miniature Buffet) No 1885 (previously M3764 then later W3764)

Built by BR York works in 1953 as a normal TSO (Tourist second Open ) to Diagram 93 Lot 30079. For over 25 years it was allocated to the London Midland Region of British Railways. Then in December 1981 it was reallocated to the Western Region. Withdrawal came in October 1985. It was eventually purchased for use on the Swanage Railway in 1987. It was decided to convert it to an RMB. This reduced the seat number down from 64 to 44. It operated over the Purbeck line until a few years ago. It was purchased by the S&D Railway Heritage Trust in November 2019. 

Mark 3 Buffet Coach

The carriage was designed by British Railways in the 1970’s. It was built in 1979 at Derby Litchurch Lane Works where even today new trains are being produced. For its entire life this coach, originally number M10023, operated on the West Coast Mainline between London, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. You will notice it has pairs of seats on one side and groups of four on the other. This seating arrangement is usually for first class passenger accommodation but is also used in railway catering vehicles such as this to provide greater room for diners.

A change in the catering arrangements by British Rail in the mid 1980’s to a more airline style arrangement meant this vehicle received internal modifications and it was renumbered to 10258. It continued to be used in locomotive hauled trains on the West Coast Mainline following privatisation in 1997. Ownership of it transferred to Porterbrook Train Leasing Company at that time and it was leased to Virgin Trains. It was painted in that Train company’s striking red livery. As a result of replacement by Pendolino trains withdrawal from service came in 2005 and it was generously donated to the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust at that time by Porterbrook Leasing and a grant by local Charity the Sperring Trust.

Mk 3 Buffet Coach
B Papworth