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Author Topic: Question 2 for Ben Rule - 19.12 - Buffet cars v Trolley service  (Read 18724 times)
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« Reply #45 on: October 09, 2017, 10:34:21 PM »

I reckon if the GWR statements are correct, the Pullman service will have a very short lifespan. After the reduction in 1st class capacity (any many questioning whether it should exist at all), I cannot see the general public or DfT would tolerate certain long distance services having no buffet/shop service to standard class whatsoever when there is a full restaurant (albeit paid for) available to 1st class customers.

However, I suspect that the GWR representative has made a mistake.

Why would the Pullman service have a short lifespan, the First Class section is roughly the same name as it is in the IET, greater infact in a 10 car set. And I was told 2 years ago by GWR that they even want to expand the service where possible. Why would they want to loose something that brings in money for them?

Same reason first class now has about half the capacity it used to - government and media pressure. Quite rightly, few would tolerate having a full restaurant service on a train with no other opportunity for food/drink in standard class. I thought I had made my point quite clearly in my original post?

As I correctly predicted, the GWR spokesperson who suggested there would be no trolley service on Pullman trains was incorrect, so this is and was a largely academic discussion.
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