With most of Britain's railway dining car men on strike, long distance passengers are having a hard time of it.
GV EXT..Kings Cross Station.
LV Pullman train in station.
SV Attendant of Pullman coach and passenger.
CU Lady Pullman attendant.
CU Notice "The business Mans' train" etc.,
SV Business man passes tea trolley on platform.
SV People buying at tea trolley.
SV Buffet on side of coach pan up to empty interior.
LV INT..Empty buffet coach.
TOP V PAN..From empty buffet coach to Pullman train.
SCU Passengers seated in Pullman train.
TOP V..Pullman train leaving station.
BACK V..Pullman train leaving station.
GV EXT..Victoria Station.
LV Golden Arrow engine in front of train.
PAN Pullman coaches on train.
SV Attendant gets into coach.
LV Train leaves station.
CU Sign "Paddington Main Line Station."
GV Passengers on platform.
CU Notice "Pre packed meal lunches for passengers" etc.
LV People around tea trolley buying lunches.
SIDE V..Restaurant car.
SV PAN..Tea trolley with packed meal lunches, passing restaurant car.
SV Passenger in restaurant car buys packed meal lunch.
CU Passengers seated in restaurant car with same packed lunch.
LV PAN..Train leaves station.
SV Passenger starts unpacking lunch.
LV Empty restaurant car.
SV Man eating in compartment.
SCU Man and woman eating.
LV Two men seated in deserted restaurant car eating packed lunches.
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Background: With most of Britain's railway dining car men on strike, long distance passengers are having a hard time of it. The scene is the same at Kings Cross and Paddington stations, and at many other main line terminuses - passengers are having to buy packed meals to eat on the train, while the dining cars remain out of service because of the strike. Creatures of habit - no doubt - some passengers take their packed meals and eat them in the empty dining cars.
The Southern Region is now the only section of British Railways not affected by the strike, and at Victoria Station - Southern Region and continental service terminus - the dining cars continue in operation.
But while the strike spreads inconvenience, Pullman cars - in use on the famous Golden Arrow service between London and Paris, - continue to provide meals for passengers.
It was because of British Railways' proposed introduction of more Pullman cars that the dining car men went on strike. The leader of the unofficial dining car strike says: "We struck because British Railways threatened to introduce more Pullman cars - and they are run by private contractors. Railway work for railwaymen - that is what we are striking for".
Mr. Sydney Greene, secretary-general of the National Union of Railwaymen, answering charges made by the strikers that the union had dishonoured a union decision against further extension of Pullman car services, states that the Pullman car service is now controlled by the British Transport Commission, and that no useful purpose can be served by continuing the unofficial strike.
Unofficial strikes (currently termed "wild-cat" strikes) - continue at a high level - Liverpool tugmen and Sheffield busmen are among other workers at present unofficially striking. A Trades Union Congress inquiry into the problem is now being made.