Drinking in a Great Western Railway buffet bar, September 1938.
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Photograph by Fox Films for the 1939 'Holiday Haunts' brochure. The buffet car provided a new informal way of eating on trains, with pasengers able to eat and drink in the buffet before returning to their seats. It had a spacious counter at one end and tables at the other. These images were elaborately posed with the background scenery added for effect, as the photographs were probably taken in the Swindon works yard. Images from this shoot were widely used in the company's publicity material.