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    Amtrak Dining

    Aye! It was very good just a few weeks back when I took the SWC. Tasty...nicely adorned tables with flowers...quite nice! And in response to the varying dining experiences that I'm reading, on my recent trips: no coffee in sleeper car; no communal dining; parties seated together; they did _not_...
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    --It's the Holiday Inn & Suites - Downtown. They frequently have the train engineers/staff here as it's a block away - and one reason I sometimes stay here! --Thanks! More photos next time but I like reporting on the dining and overall conditions since that's a frequent point of inquiry. --...
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    Home sweet home to Dearborn station (Detroit area). We were within 10 min of expected arrival time. This was such a great trip and the SWC was on my bucket list to do...and I look forward to soon taking it westward all the way! 😊 Cheers~
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    I woke nice and early to make sure I could grab a sandwich for the ride and pick up my bag (5:30 ishhh). The bag pick up was smooth and no charge. Metro Lounge was closed initially but was opened around 6:25am...just enough time to get some water. No coffee or food. Boarding was as smooth as...
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    Hi there! There are a nice group if posts regarding tipping you can find here =1&o=relevance']TIPPING. But what you just stated, is about right (is all pretty subjective, of course). I tend to follow that guideline as well and adjust up for stellar service!
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    Arrived in Chicago! Had a small delay due to flag protecting a crossing due to signals being out. Otherwise, smooth sailing. Pinky was an absolute treasure, as were the rest of the crew I interacted with. Not a huge number of pics on this trek on board...just more of the food. Stored my...
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    Wow, what news! I left Aug 21st. You know...that's interesting you mention that. On Thursday or Friday...I was driving back into town from the National Parks and there were a bunch of police racing up the freeway heading north (I'm talking over a dozen easily). But it was north of the city...
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    Thanks and sure thing! Currently, only those with rooms can eat in the dining car so they are far less crowded than in the past with no coach passengers there. In fact, they're doing the opposite and are trying to keep folks at separate tables. (An odd shift from the past!) There would be no...
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    Today, slept in to about 6 ish...just as we rolled into Kansas City. It's a bright, beautiful sunny day! Slept great, too! There was only one thing in my mind for breakfast: Railroad French Toast with a side of bacon and orange juice. Everyone was spaced out a bit in the dining car, so...
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    Flagstaff, AZ - need advice on hotels

    As it so happens, I was just in Flagstaff last week on a road trip from Las Vegas to Albuquerque (and racked in 14 National Parks along the way, Meteor crater, etc). You are so right...there's plenty to see and visit around there! I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, in part because how close it...
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    I took the 8:30 dinner seating since I had a later lunch. I was still a bit..."porky" from lunch so even though steak sounded good, I went for the pesto tortellini. No disappoints there! Really filling and almost topped me off. Good seasoning (not to salty), plenty of cheese, moist chicken...
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    Trip Report 8/21/21 – ABQ to DER - Southwest Chief #4 / Wolverine #350

    La Junta: 7:45 MT Looking forward to dinner!
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