V/Line Snack Bar Car Interior Layout

 
  Gayspie Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Hello Victorian train enthusiasts,
I am aware that V/Line have a cafe service on their locomotive hauled long distance trains.
However i have not been able to find any photos of the interior of these cars.
Could you please tell me what the inside of the V/Line cafe car is like and or send me links to photos.

Thank you. Smile

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  woodford Chief Commissioner

Hello Victorian train enthusiasts,
I am aware that V/Line have a cafe service on their locomotive hauled long distance trains.
However i have not been able to find any photos of the interior of these cars.
Could you please tell me what the inside of the V/Line cafe car is like and or send me links to photos.

Thank you. Smile
Heath Loxton

They are basicly a BN with 4 rows of seats removed and replaced with a small closed off section around 4  or so metres long with a serving window facing the narrow corridor. This section is at the Southern Cross end of the carriage, (well on the NE line it is). The rest of the car contains seating for 65 or so 2nd class passengers. There's no dinning area and little room for its customers.

woodford
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

They are called a snack bar. The layout as Woodford described, all at the East end of the BRN car (adjacent to the ACN). Staffing an issue; at times they shut down for parts of the trip for operational convenience. Limited range of foods, but they cater for many dietary requirements. Also drinks, but all non-alcoholic. Everything is a compromise, both with range, layout/space, and staffing. The person behind the counter is a conductor, which they may pinch for other duties at short notice (e.g., if the rostered conductor is unavailable at short notice, they use the snack bar conductor to run the train).

All the "N" sets have the facility, but they are often not opened (e.g. on Geelong and Seymour local trips). They are usually available on Bairnsdale, Albury, Swan Hill and Warrnambool, sometimes Shepparton. The V/Line site shows which trains have them available, also the menu.
  Gayspie Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
So where do i eat my meal or snack if there is no dining area?
  Clyde Goodwin Junior Train Controller

So where do i eat my meal or snack if there is no dining area?
Heath Loxton
Hardly rocket Science to work out that you take it back to your seat now is it
  M636C Minister for Railways

So where do i eat my meal or snack if there is no dining area?
Heath Loxton
The intention is that you return to your seat and eat it there...

The counter is generally like those in the V&SAR RBJ cars, but is shorter than the counter in those cars.

http://www.comrails.com/pic_common/b08-09b.html

All the RBJ cars were rebuilt, two as GWA crew cars and one as the current Overland buffet car.

Normally I'd refer you to Peter Vincent's website but although he has diagrams of BN and ACN cars, he doesn't have a diagram of the BRN. Equally, MarK Bau's site doesn't include cars that modern. Mark Bau does have the diagram of the much better "Mini -Buffet" cars that worked on the Albury and Mildura trains but were replaced by the BRN cars.

Peter
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Hello Victorian train enthusiasts,
I am aware that V/Line have a cafe service on their locomotive hauled long distance trains.
However i have not been able to find any photos of the interior of these cars.
Could you please tell me what the inside of the V/Line cafe car is like and or send me links to photos.

Thank you. Smile
Heath Loxton

I did a Google Image search and came up with nothing...so unfortunately unless another person posts an image, they are impossible to find on the Web.

Mike.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Hello Victorian train enthusiasts,
I am aware that V/Line have a cafe service on their locomotive hauled long distance trains.
However i have not been able to find any photos of the interior of these cars.
Could you please tell me what the inside of the V/Line cafe car is like and or send me links to photos.

Thank you. Smile

I did a Google Image search and came up with nothing...so unfortunately unless another person posts an image, they are impossible to find on the Web.

Mike.
The Vinelander
Just proves that they are nothing to write home about.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
I'm catching a train from Warrnambool tomorrow (assuming a truck doesn't park over the line like the last time I went to Melbourne). I'll try and get some pics.

Rick
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Hello Victorian train enthusiasts,
I am aware that V/Line have a cafe service on their locomotive hauled long distance trains.
However i have not been able to find any photos of the interior of these cars.
Could you please tell me what the inside of the V/Line cafe car is like and or send me links to photos.

Thank you. Smile

I did a Google Image search and came up with nothing...so unfortunately unless another person posts an image, they are impossible to find on the Web.

Mike.
Just proves that they are nothing to write home about.
YM-Mundrabilla

I use them on my semi-regular trips to Mildura and I find there's always something acceptable to eat.

The chicken wrap, spinach and ricotta in filo, assorted preferably wholemeal sandwiches and their double shot coffees with a muffin are also good.

However they'd sell a lot more food if alcohol was for sale. They used to sell wines by the glass similar size to what's for sale on the XPT.

Mike.
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
Here is the menu and onboard facilities: https://www.vline.com.au/Fares-general-info/On-board
  Gayspie Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
I bet that there is nothing better than rolling through the Victorian countryside while eating nibbles at my seat from the cafe bar! Smile
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I bet that there is nothing better than rolling through the Victorian countryside while eating nibbles at my seat from the cafe bar! Smile
Heath Loxton

Probably similar to sitting in the Overland lounge car (Club 745 or somesuch) from Adelaide to Murray Bridge and return on the bus.

Mike.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
I just had the chicken sub and a coffee. Sub was on par with red rooster, coffee wasn't good.

Anyway, I caught the 9.05 from Warrnambool today. Snack bar was in BRN31. I suppose you could class it as Art Deco styling - lots of curves and stainless steel. It's tapered and gets very narrow at the end towards the middle of the carriage. On the 5.13 return, the snack bar is in BRN 41. It's a different counter design. It isn't tapered, and the end uses flat sheets, not a curve. The counter "glazing" goes to the roof, where in 31 there's a curved clear panel between the vertical sheet and the roof.

The fit out seems to be the same on both.

I'll post photos later. I'm amazed I have phone coverage pretty much all the way.

Rick
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
I bet that there is nothing better than rolling through the Victorian countryside while eating nibbles at my seat from the cafe bar! Smile
Heath Loxton
There's only one way to find out.................


as the Nike ads says ....... Just Do It
  Gayspie Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Lets see the photos please... Smile
  Clyde Goodwin Junior Train Controller

Lets see the photos... Smile
Heath Loxton
So very hard to say please and Thank you to the user Rusty Rick is it

You truely are what is known as a seriel pest with your continual pointless and annoying posts
  Gayspie Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Hello Clyde,
I am NOT a serial pest - i am a rail enthusiast just like the rest of you are.
I am NOT producing a pointless post this time - there is simply NO images AT ALL on the internet of a V/Line Cafe car and i would like to know what the interior of one looks like.
Any new images taken /or found that are uploaded to this thread WILL benefit other rail enthusiasts.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Not everyone enjoys the same aspects of RP and therefore don't read or post to those threads accordingly.

Nevertheless, no matter what our interest or view of the various posters may be we all need to remember that courtesy costs nothing.

If we are not interested in a thread or disagree/dislike a particular poster just ignore them. There is no need to start a flame war over nothing.....!
  Gayspie Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
I bet that there is nothing better than rolling through the Victorian countryside while eating nibbles at my seat from the cafe bar! Smile
There's only one way to find out.................


as the Nike ads says ....... Just Do It
Pressman
Funny you should said this pressman because i actually plan on travelling on the V/Line gippsland line to visit a friend in country victoria later this year.
I will be 19 then and this will be my first train trip by myself.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I bet that there is nothing better than rolling through the Victorian countryside while eating nibbles at my seat from the cafe bar! Smile
There's only one way to find out.................


as the Nike ads says ....... Just Do It
Funny you should said this pressman because i actually plan on travelling on the V/Line gippsland line to visit a friend in country victoria later this year.
I will be 19 then and this will be my first train trip by myself.
Heath Loxton

I hope you have a great time...

I'm sure we'll look forward to reading the report we hope you'll write on your experiences.

Mike.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Ok, here's a series of photos from BRN 31. I had hoped to get some shots at the station before departure, but that didn't happen. I didn't want to take too many with the conductor in the shot when we were moving.

Note in BRN 31 the ends are curved, and the curved perspex that meets the roof. You can also see how tapered the snack bar is when you look at the at the lights on the roof. Note - these are my first uploads via Flickr... EDIT - I apologise for the size... As you may have guessed, I posted the description while on the train, and I wasn't going to try and post photos.

Cheers

Rick

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54762534@N05/33072956301/in/datetaken-public/
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner
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