from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A parlor-car or sleeper fitted with a small kitchen for preparing light meals, which are served on temporary tables placed between the car-seats.
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Fifteen minutes earlier, Buck had gone to the buffet-car for a smoke.
He's after more Stropine, and I got Pullman prices for my roosters, the buffet-car being out of chicken a la Marengo.
As the train was to be a light one, consisting of a buffet-car and a parlor-car, the party could not be very large.
I had ordered a little breakfast in the buffet-car, not so much because I expected to get anything, but because I liked to eat in a car and have all the other passengers glaring at me.