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Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch
Image: Refreshment room staff, Bendigo Railway Station, circa 1929.
Source: Museum Victoria
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.
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Tourist leaflet 'Melbourne Garden City of a Garden State' issued by the Victorian Railways Commissioners, and printed by the Victorian Railways Printers, July 1933.Images: 1
Tourist brochure 'The Grampians & District' issued by the Victorian Railways Public Relations & Betterment Board in 1955. Victorian Railways played an important role in promoting Victor ...Images: 2
Tourist brochure with map 'Yarram For the Perfect Bush Holiday', issued by the Victorian Railways and the Yarram & District Tourist & Progress League in January 1941.Images: 4
Passenger train timetable produced by Victorian Railways and the Victorian Government Tourist Bureau in 30 May 1921. The booklet provides arrival and departure times as well as other in ...Images: 1
Tourist booklet 'The Murray Valley' issued by the Victorian Railways Public Relations & Betterment Board in 1955.Images: 1
Map of Melbourne and suburbs, issued by the Victorian Railways Commissioners in 1954. It was used by Geoffrey and Hazel Tirchett when they migrated to Australia in 1954 as `10 Pound Tou ...Images: 8
Tourist brochure titled 'Mildura, Victoria, Australia 1887-1955, History in the Making'. Issued by the Victorian Railways in conjunction with the Mildura City Council in 1955.Images: 1
Foolscap and stapled paper copy indicating Victorian Railway transport rates per 4 wheeled van for livestock to and from Newmarket Saleyards, effective 11th September, 1978. Issued by t ...Images: 8