Restaurant Miniature Buffet

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British Rail Restaurant Miniature Buffet
British Rail Mark 1 RBR M1848.jpg
In service 1957–
Manufacturer BR York, (12)
BR Wolverton (70)
Family name British Railways Mark 1
Number under construction 1957–1962
Number built 82
Fleet numbers 1801–1882
Capacity 48 or 44 seats
Operator(s) British Rail
Specifications
Car length 64 ft 6 in (19.66 m)
Width 9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)
Height 12 ft 9 12 in (3.90 m)
Maximum speed 90–100 mph (145–161 km/h)
Weight 34.5–38 tonnes (34.0–37.4 long tons; 38.0–41.9 short tons)
Train heating Dual steam and electric – ETH 3, Cooking by bottled gas
Bogies BR1, Commonwealth or B4
Braking system(s) Vacuum, air, or both
Coupling system Drop-head knuckle coupler on draw-hook (dual)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The Restaurant Miniature Buffet (or RMB) is a British Railways Mark 1 railway coach. It is a Tourist Standard Open (TSO) coach with two full seating bays next to the centre transverse vestibule removed and replaced with a buffet counter and customers standing space, and one bay on one side (same side as the buffet counter) removed and replaced with a store cupboard on the other side of the centre vestibule. They were built in five lots from 1957 to 1962.

Lot No. Diagram Built Builder Qty Fleet numbers Notes
30485 97 1957–1958 York 12 1801–1812 No store cupboard, 48 seats, BR1 Bogies
30507 98 1960 Wolverton 15 1838–1852 1851 fitted with B5 Bogies for EMU use, the rest fitted with Commonwealth bogies
30520 99 1960 Wolverton 25 1813–1837 Commonwealth bogies
30670 99 1961–1962 Wolverton 12 1853–1864 Commonwealth bogies
30702 99 1962 Wolverton 18 1865–1882 Commonwealth bogies

Quite a few still operate on the national network on Railtours, but not on service trains. A lot have made it into railway preservation and are used by many heritage railways in the UK. Even though the first batch had no store cupboard 1807 on the watercress has been fitted with one and B4 Bogies.

List of Preserved RMBs[edit]

Number Location Livery Status Notes
1802 Midland Railway - Butterley Lined Maroon Operational
1803 Dean Forest Railway Chocolate & Cream Operational
1804 West Somerset Railway Pullman Umber & Cream Operational Part of 'Quantock Belle' dining train
1805 Swindon and Cricklade Railway Chocolate & Cream Operational
1807 Watercress Line Malachite Green Operational
1808 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Chocolate & Cream Operational
1809 Colne Valley Railway Crimson & Cream Stored
1811 Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Plain Maroon Operational
1812 Ribble Steam Railway Crimson & Cream Stored
1813 Riviera Trains - Eastleigh Chocolate & Cream Operational - Main Line
1815 Bere Ferrers Chocolate & Cream Static - Restaurant
1816 Battlefield Line Railway Maroon Stored - Awaiting Restoration
1818 Bluebell Railway Malachite Green Under Overhaul
1823 North Yorkshire Moors Railway Lined Maroon Operational Main line registered for Esk Valley Line only
1824 Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Plain Maroon Static Catering Vehicle
1826 Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1829 Dean Forest Railway Maroon Operational Staff coach for 'Royal Forester' dining train
1832 Riviera Trains - Eastleigh Crimson & Cream Operational - Main Line
1833 East Lancashire Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1835 Peak Rail Lined Maroon Operational
1836 Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1837 East Lancashire Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1838 Bluebell Railway Malachite Green Operational
1839 Ribble Steam Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1840 West Coast Railways - Carnforth Lined Maroon Operational - Main Line
1842 Mid Norfolk Railway Crimson & Cream Operational
1845 Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Chocolate & Cream Operational
1848 East Lancashire Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1850 Cambrian Heritage Railways Crimson & Cream Static Shop & Cafe
1851 Watercress Line Malachite Green Operational
1852 Great Central Railway Malachite Green Operational
1853 Severn Valley Railway Crimson & Cream Operational
1854 Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1855 Severn Valley Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1856 Severn Valley Railway Chocolate & Cream Operational
1857 Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Plain Maroon Operational
1859 Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway Lined Maroon Operational - Main Line
1860 West Coast Railways - Carnforth Lined Maroon Operational - Main Line
1861 West Coast Railways - Carnforth Lined Maroon Operational - Main Line
1862 Midland Railway - Butterley Crimson & Cream Static Buffet
1863 East Somerset Railway Chocolate & Cream Under Overhaul
1864 Llangollen Railway Chocolate & Cream Operational
1865 Swanage Railway Malachite Green Static Catering Vehicle
1866 Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway Crimson & Cream Operational
1869 Kent and East Sussex Railway Forest Green Operational
1871 East Lancashire Railway Blue & Grey Operational Named 'Howson Bar', after benefactor whose legacy funded restoration.
1872 Nene Valley Railway Blue & Grey Awaiting Restoration
1873 Bodmin and Wenford Railway Crimson & Cream Operational
1874 Bodmin and Wenford Railway Crimson & Cream Operational
1875 East Lancashire Railway Pullman Umber & Cream Static - Converted to a home
1876 Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1878 Churnet Valley Railway N/A Under Overhaul
1879 Wensleydale Railway Lined Maroon Operational
1880 East Lancashire Railway Blue & Grey Awaiting Restoration
1882 West Coast Railways Lined Maroon Operational - Main Line Now numbered 99311