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Model train delivers restaurant drinks

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 - 01:19

Dec. 29 - The Vytopna Railway Restaurant in Prague has installed a model railway to deliver drinks to waiting customers. Hayley Platt reports.

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It's thirsty work for staff at the Vytopna Railway restaurant in Prague. But they've come up with a novel way of serving drinks to customers without leaving the kitchen. They've installed a tiny train track which collects the orders and delivers the drinks. (SOUNDBITE) (German) MICHAEL FROM THURINGIA, GERMANY, SAYING: "I like it very much, I have never seen anything like this and it's very interesting. I like the train connections very much." (SOUNDBITE) (Czech) PENSIONER MILAN FROM PRAGUE, SAYING: "The main thing is that we don't have to wait for the waiter to come to us." A complex network of train tracks runs throughout the restaurant. The model stream trains pass through tunnels, over drawbridges and on to thirsty diners. The restaurant's manager says its been a huge hit. (SOUNDBITE) (Czech) RESTAURANT MANAGER AND EXECUTIVE CHEF TOMAS CECAVA, SAYING: "The trains are adjusted to make different sounds. The bar staff knows exactly how fast the trains can go and can regulate their speed for instance before a curve or when they leave the table. All the stops are set up in advance. So it is quite easy to operate them." The restaurant has become a popular tourist attraction and it's one of the few railways where the trains actually run on time. Hayley Platt, Reuters.

Model train delivers restaurant drinks

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 - 01:19

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