- "Tea-rooms don't live in cakes!"
- ―Peter Sam, The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop, seventh season
Peter Sam once tried to help the Refreshment Lady find a place for another tea room, with no success, as she could not decide which of her favourite places to build it. Later, Rusty and Peter Sam discovered an old railway coach swept upon the tracks from a storm. Peter Sam had the idea to make a mobile tea room and with Jem Cole's help, the old coach was restored. Peter Sam now proudly pulls the "Tea Shop Special" along the Skarloey Railway.
The Refreshment Coach is based on the Talyllyn Railway carriage No. 7, which was used as a refreshments van from 1963 to 1968. It was made from a small refreshment stand mounted on an old open-coach chassis at Abergynolwyn, Wales, UK. Its physical appearance is based on the original Talyllyn Nos. 1-3 coaches.
The Refreshment Coach is painted yellow with red and thick blue lining. It has a red serving hatch on one side that has a white sign reading "REFRESHMENT" in red on top. One end has a cloud shaped sign listing the products sold in red.
- The refreshment coach was made by recycling a model of a red narrow gauge coach.
- The coach's dipladated model was reused in the ninth season.
- TrackMaster (discontinued)