BR 1667 Restaurant Buffet

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 1667 Restaurant Buffet
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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Restaurant Buffet 1667
Built By Pressed Steel
Status In service
Number W1667
Livery BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) Chocolate & Cream
Other numbers E1667 NE1667 M1667
Built 1960/61
Diagram 24
Lot 30628
Type RBR
TOPS code AJ41
Seats 23 unclassified
1999 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
2022 Outshopped as a Kitchen Car


BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mark 1 Buffet Restaurant carriage (RB) No 1667 was built by Pressed Steel in 1960 to diagram number 24 of lot number 30628. Unlike the Restaurant Miniature Buffet (RMB) carriage which was only intended to provide quick snacks, the Buffet Restaurant carriage included a full kitchen facility as well as a buffet counter. In regular service they were normally paired with an Open First to provide additional seating for diners, having 23 loose chairs themselves. During service many RB's including 1667 were refurbished (becoming RBR), the modifications including the installation of fluorescent lighting


1667 entered service in BRBritish Rail or British Railways's Eastern region in 1961 as E1667. In May 1965 it was transferred to the North East region, returning to the Eastern region by January 1968 A further reallocation to the Midland region took place by 1972, with a final transfer back to the Eastern region in August 1985[1].


1667 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in December 1999 ex Rail Charter Services, to replace sister carriage 1678.[2] Shortly after arrival it received a repaint and had the steam heating reinstated.[3] It initially served as spare kitchen car, but was brought into service just before the 2001 Autumn Steam Gala when regular Kitchen Car 1682 was 'red carded' with gas plumbing issues.[4]

By 2007 1667 had been fully restored, including two years of internal remodeling carried out at Bewdley in 2004-05.[5] It was further remodelled in 2022 and branded a Kitchen Car, with the bar and all seating removed.[6]

It forms part of the Severn Valley Limited dining set in BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) livery as W1667 (a number that it did not carry in service). It is owned by SVR(H).

See also

List of carriages


  1. Longworth (2013) p.21.
  2. Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 133
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 140
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 153
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 218, Summer 2022, p. 44