New Kitchen car with disabled dining facilities goes into service

1st September, 2020 by East Somerset Railway

Tom and Michael on the new kitchen carriage
Elaine Lavender

September marks a milestone for the ESR carriage and wagon department in that we have finally been able to put our new kitchen car into service.  The project has taken over two years of work led by volunteers but with considerable help from CTMS our commercial carriage restoration business.  The project has turned out to be the most ambitious carriage conversion project the ESR has ever undertaken and would not have been possible without the skills and knowledge developed by CTMS over the years.  Some of the costs of converting a section of the coach to provide disabled dining facilities were funded by a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation for which we are very grateful.  Offering an improved experience for people with mobility issues and their families was a key part of the project and we look forward to welcoming such visitors who want to experience our dining service.

In August we were able to retire the “BG” coach which has served us well over the years as a kitchen car supporting our popular dining, cream tea and Santa special trains.  September sees the reinstatement of some of our dining experiences which now have to take account of the COVID19 guidelines.  In the longer term, facilities in the new coach will enable us to further develop and improve our offering to visitors.  The coach was always going to be an investment for the future and we hope that it will not be too long before all of our popular dining experiences can be reinstated.


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