Do allow time to enjoy some refreshments during your visit.
These are served by friendly volunteers in our recently restored Restaurant Miniature Buffet Carriage, or RMB for short, which is a welcoming enjoyable and cosy place to visit. It is located by the patio area with indoor seating for over 40 people.
There is further outside seating which is very pleasant on a warm day. Our patio tables are manufactured from re-cycled plastic bottles. Over 2,500 are used in each table, rather than going to landfill.
A super place just to meet with friends over a cuppa - or coffee and cake if you are feeling indulgent.
The RMB is located just down the path from the museum building.
The RMB serves hot and cold beverages, beers, ciders and wines, a selection of crisps, cakes, pre-packed confectionery and fresh sandwiches. We also stock drinks that are popular with the children whilst they can have fun with our free activity sheets.
Opening times are normally 10:30 am to 3;30 pm on days when the site is open to the public - see timetable for when this is - times may vary for special events.
Here are some pictures of the RMB showing the wonderful interior restoration which our volunteers and others have done. Compare these with those showing the sad, vandalised condtion of the carriage when we took delivery. This restoration was achived in less than six months thanks also to the generous donations from our supporters which enabled us to contract in the services of a top quality carriage restoration firm.
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 a "Rail Minature Buffet" 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.