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replica Refreshment Services Serving Trolley

From the Collection of Puffing Billy Railway School Rd Menzies Creek Victoria

Description
Serving Trolley made of wood, metal, glass and with rubber wheels
Size
Length Overall: 6' 7/16" ( 1840 mm ) Width: 1' 9 1/4" ( 540 mm ) Height: 4' 11 1/16" ( 1500 mm )
Object Registration
000150
Keywords
puffing billy, serving trolley, refreshment services, victorian railways
Historical information
The Refreshment Services Branch was established in 1920, and initially focused on providing station-based refreshment rooms and the dining car service. Its scope expanded to include diverse activities such as stall rental; sales of advertising space on railways infrastructure; laundry services; operation of a hair-dressing salon, a bakery, a butchery and a poultry farm; and the management of the chalet guesthouse at Mt Buffalo.

The majority of staff worked in refreshment rooms and dining cars, both of which were a popular feature of the railway service. Previous to 1920 refreshment services had been provided by contractors, but after many complaints the Department decided to provide a standardised service across the system. It grew quickly: five years after it was established the Branch employed approximately 500 staff. Station refreshment facilities ranged from elaborate dining rooms to decorated push-carts. They were staffed predominately by women, who provided everything from a cup of tea to a three course meal.

Most refreshment room services were closed in the 1970s.

Reference from : Fielding, K. (2012) Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch in Museums Victoria Collections http://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/articles/11470
When Made
1990s
Made By
Puffing Billy Railway (Maker)
Significance
Historic - Replica of a a Victorian Railways Refreshment Services Serving Trolley used on Puffing Billy Railway
Last updated
29 May 2019 at 5:22PM