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    Lake Shore Limited questions (Spring - Summer 2022)

    Coming from Boston’s north shore I have to go thru BON. There’s a huge Star Market underneath the Boston Station. Full service including a substantial hot bar. I plan to get lunch and dinner there. Of late my LSL food choices and huge lines are what I’d like to avoid. Getting to BOS I’ll...
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    BC gone on the LSL after July 2?

    A VL Diner brings back such fine memories. Chicken Fricassee PERFECT - just like my Moms - communal table mate to share the memory - then when finished I happily went back to Coach.
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    BC gone on the LSL after July 2?

    I’m on hold for the LSL BC. I’m booked Boston to Spokane on a special rate and very kind agent worked up the numbers and enough more for me to pass. It’s amazing the depth of the AU knowledge base. A thread could open with a tough question and get answered a short time later. Operations...
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    BC gone on the LSL after July 2?

    I’m sold on “upgrading” to BC on my 6/11 trip on the LSL. But I’m not sure what to expect, Is it a half car or a whole car? What amenities are available? General question - is each consist cast in concrete. Say tomorrow if LDs are bombarded with sleeper request. It is what it is??? No adds?
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    Amtrak dining

    I’ve been thinking of a company I’d create called RAILFUBE. It would include the entire Amtrak system. Say for the LSL. Click LSL West [BOS CHI] and the app says “Diner hour in Albany”. “There are thirty vetted Albany restaurants that delver - would you like a list of all or by type”. You...
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    Amtrak dining

    Thanks for the description.
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    Amtrak dining

    I’ll be on the CS in a sleeper to visit a special friend. She wants to know if they’re still called Pullman? She’s funny. But in the 40s to 60s did Coach get to reserve a seat in the dining car) If in a Pullman did you get a seat and a bunk? We’re they bunks stacked in threes? Twos? When...
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    Amtrak dining

    The DownEaster’s new menu_- now available will hopefully be an early highlight to my upcoming 132 hour Maine to LA (LSL EB CS) via PDX only a few weeks away. The new menu features more breakfast items which I’ll fill up on because I almost didn’t get fed in Coach on the LSL. My last trip the...
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    Amtrak dining

    It gives the impression they turn the tables in a half hour? Written on a positive note for sure because not mentioned was the crudy (literally) flex meals were pre/pandemic ... and some routes haven’t switched back to traditional dining in eastern US - both Amtrak mistakes. Was there communal...
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    Amtrak dining

    If I had the window out of courtesy offer helping with the laptop power cable around the tray table support for example. I always carry a triple tap on the train - phones and computers - wires everywhere! For consuming food/drink the aisle seat is a little roomier. Fortunately I ate in the...
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    Amtrak dining

    In the dominion of the train, like a very small town, a pax has rules and ordinances, etc. to follow during travel for a safe, enjoyable trip. That would include the LSA advising a pax the limited use of say an iPad in the dining car. Of course the pax could ignore the LSA. Then it’s in the...
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    Amtrak dining

    Prolly my MOST memorable Amtrak experience was having lunch on the dining car on the LSL in December 2017. I had Chicken Fricassee and this classic dish was perfect ... just like my Mom’s. Our waiter presented the food in such a way to make it even more appetizing. I honestly felt like I was...
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    Amtrak dining

    On my 2017 trip on the TE the dinner seating reservations were given out democratically. There were three seatings. A conductor made the announcement that all Coach passengers had two options to get a reservation - the first was for the px to walk to the end of the last Coach and meetup...
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    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    The flag code of the United States apparently does not have guidelines for painting the flag in “mirrored form” foe moving trains, planes, ships, etc.. I think in this case it’s more a matter of choice on how the locomotive was painted. The word “must” is not used within the U.S. Flag Code but...
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    Videos out the window, advice needed

    Sadly the photos/videos taken can be only taken inside the cabin of the train. There are no open window vestibules between cars except on charter private cars. =========== There are tons of anti-reflective lens hoods ... including the FLEXIBLE HOOD shown in my above post. Allows tilt up down...
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    Business Class in long distance trains

    On a late spring ultra LD (132h trip) I purchased a reasonably priced roomette PDX to LAX. On another thread I wondered whether if I’d be facing the ocean - if I decide to travel BC can thus happen say, while waiting in PDX? I definitely would like the dining car for dinner and RR French...
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    Canada coast to coast dream trip

    A trip across Canada, a wonderful place for vacations, is also on my fantasy/dream/bucket list. Canadians love being a good host. As said above - going Greenville SC to NYP and roundtrip on the Ocean from Montreal looks doable. With some help with AU I could get to Halifax by bus on a...
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    Videos out the window, advice needed

    There are rubber lens hoods of many sizes - say 12” or so that fit various lenses - specifically window reflection. About the size of a dinner plate. There are ones for cell phones: I too like to play with the trains window and reflection. [on the DownEaster] Generally - right away - I will...
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    North East Corridor (NEC) night train and sleeper journey

    Perhaps there’s a then 40 year old lawyer who still knows the settlement... and how to re-open the claim. What an infrastructure mess - Dartmouth St had a sinkhole?! It’s worth a few hours trying - for your hip. Getting on the CZ in Emeryville is twisted my left knee and ankle on the Square...
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    North East Corridor (NEC) night train and sleeper journey

    Thanks John for confirming it a hit or miss of getting a “room with a view” - despite what the booking agent said. I’d rather have a west facing window in Coach ... BOS/CHI/PDX/LAX - I’m used to the good old Amtrak Coach seats. So the booking agent wasn’t entirely truthful. So I guess -...
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