The 'Jolly Tar' Tavern car at a London station, 1949. Tavern cars were a novel concept putting the characteristic elements of a country pub into a railway carriage. They ran on the British Railways Southern Region. Pasengers bought food and drinks in the cars, which were internally decorated and furnished as pubs. The outside was painted to look like a brick wall! They were introduced in 1948, for commuters, to make their journeys more comfortable, but were soon withdrawn, as they were widely criticised.
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