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  1. 20th Century Rider

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    In absolute agreement with everything you said. Some Amtrak attendants are good and care, but many are lazy as I found out so many times... and well before the pandemic I was concerned about sanitation on Amtrak... this is an area where Amtrak falls short; seats are dirty with lots of filth...
  2. 20th Century Rider

    CZ has been affected by the virus

    Oops... I wrote the 12th... meant to write today's date, May 24th. The CZ is due into EMY tomorrow one hour early.
  3. 20th Century Rider

    CZ has been affected by the virus

    CZ status as of May 12 11am Pacific time according to NA Intercity Rail Tools. Have been using this site for over a year and it seems to be very accurate. Hopes this answers some questions regarding Amtrak movements.
  4. 20th Century Rider

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    All this discussion about the cost of enjoying wine with dinner... not to forget that in a sleeper accommodation you can bring your own on board... and at a fraction of the cost. From all my travels the best indulgences have been those picnic meals I have brought with me to truly enjoy the journey!
  5. 20th Century Rider

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    The food service has been on a downward spiral since last October 1... and now the pandemic, it will be interesting to see what happens on the LD trains as well as one night LD's when a cure and vaccine happen. And then there's the Presidential election which could also have an impact. There's...
  6. 20th Century Rider

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    I DO agree... nothing can replace the 'proper' way of dining on the train... a la carte is always best! That charcuterie plate was good quality and I was making the best of it. Now gone! And what Amtrak is serving now is awful! 😧
  7. 20th Century Rider

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    When Amtrak started the contemporary meal program it was actually pretty nice… came in a balsa wood box which was handed to you in a reusable cloth shopping bag. The charcuterie plate plate was of impressive quality with a dessert of sea salt caramel; there was also a buffet style area which...
  8. 20th Century Rider

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    Tried to google some data on the updated wine amount in the new little plastic bottles without success... I had experienced several previous trips with the new 'contemporary service' and thought they had went from 6 to 5 oz but not totally sure. Anyway... for wine... it's not much. Fortunately...
  9. 20th Century Rider

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    Not only is it one per trip regardless of how long the trip... they've downsized the plastic wine bottles to 'wine minis.' If you want to maximize your 'only one' slim pickin's try the Corona Beer with a lime wedge... that is... if you still can.
  10. 20th Century Rider

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    For whatever it's worth, I keep with me an aerosol sprayer [I got from the dollar store] containing a solution of 20% chlorine bleach and 80% water; and lots of paper toweling. This serves as a cautionary disinfectant any time I may have been physically exposed... in a store or whatever. OF...
  11. 20th Century Rider

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    A lot depends on the attendant... they range from amazing to offensively poor. I had an attendant on the Coast Starlight who sat in his room playing video games... refusing to bring dinner to my room. And the car was almost completely empty. Then I've had attendants who put out their own candy...
  12. 20th Century Rider

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    This Oregon Coast community of mostly conservative and careful seniors seems to work very hard at staying safe… we all wear the masks, are courteous with each other, and keep a distance. However some of the newbie retiree workers who are supposed to be wiping down the carts just stand around...
  13. 20th Century Rider

    Easter 1970 Western Europe

    I do remember that from a Britrail guide book I had been carrying around with me when backpacking. The British could certainly teach us something about maintaining and recycling!
  14. 20th Century Rider

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    At this time we are only able to contain this viral disease… we won’t be safe until there’s consistency with an actual cure, and a preventative vaccine. We DON’T have that yet. It has been shown that when folks come together for religious gatherings, sporting events, socializing in homes, and...
  15. 20th Century Rider

    Easter 1970 Western Europe

    Oops! The pics double posted... sorry to all! But that Isle of Wight is a great place!
  16. 20th Century Rider

    Easter 1970 Western Europe

    Great posts on British Rail... I was backpacking in Great Britain after college graduation in the early 70's and was fascinated by the dense rail system and the many stations in London. Found it absolutely amazing that even the small Isle of Wight had it's own passenger rail as well. Stayed in a...
  17. 20th Century Rider

    Amfleet Is purchased by Excursion Operator

    Got it! But the idea of what I wanted to say is that most of the cars of the past were truly magic carpet dreams. I loved the smell of the varnish, the soft seats, and the ride that was soooo smooooth. You just don't get that on the newfangled 50 year old standard Amtrak fleet built so cheaply...
  18. 20th Century Rider

    Amfleet Is purchased by Excursion Operator

    Here are those larger Pullman windows. BTW the comfort and soft ride were way above and beyond the present deteriorating Amtrak stock. 😒
  19. 20th Century Rider

    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    Speaking of German trains... unbelievable and amazing... you can set your watch by actual arrivals and departures... riding smooth at 200mph. The Berlin Hauptbahnhof is where three main lines intersect one on top of another... jaw dropping!
  20. 20th Century Rider

    Amfleet Is purchased by Excursion Operator

    Yup... see them on crew trains everywhere when on Amtrak; and many are being refurbished into luxury trains. Recycling is good :)
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