Cup Cue Railway Refreshment Rooms
White cup with blue oval shaped crest and handle
Larger local Railway Refreshment Rooms had their own logo on their china. This helped to ensure that items were returned.
Cue, on the Murchison Railway had its Refreshment Rooms built as part of the brick station.
with blue oval shaped crest with words Railway Refreshment Rooms Cue around the oval and in the centre an image of steam locomotive and carriages
WA's first passenger trains started in 1879 but you could not walk through the train to reach a buffet or a dining car. It was 1905 before dining cars were introduced and 1921 for buffet cars. Instead railway stations often had a Refreshment Room to provide food and drink.
Cue Railway Refreshment Room cup is significant for its links to the history on passenger travel within the WA Government railways and in particular the provision of catering services. Cue had a Railway Refreshment Room before buffet cars existed and so is indicative of the development of railways in WA.