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  1. J

    27 breakfast SPK-PDX

    In May of 2019 Amtrak switched vendors in who provisioned the "boxed" meals/food for dinner on #28 and breakfast on #27. I noticed a HUGE difference, and not for the better. There used to be a nice cold option for dinner that ranged from cold baked chicken, roast beef, etc. with various sides...
  2. J

    Amtrak FY2021 grant request

    We all must know by now that Anderson & Co. has something in the works to at least bring the number of LD trains down to at least 10.
  3. J

    New National Menu February, 2020

    This does seem to have some additional and better choices for lunch and dinner. I still don't understand why they can't do a "marketplace special" like they used to, for lunch that used to include a sandwich..... Typically I am stuck with the Burger! Not ordering fish on the train, sorry, and...
  4. J

    Possible Schedule Change to SB Silver Meteor - train 97

    I think Amtrak could likely get away without having to serve dinner southbound on Train 97 if it departed at 7 pm or 7:01 pm etc. This is all new territory for the trains operating "East of the Mississippi." It would avoid people getting the same menu for three out of four meal periods if...
  5. J

    Possible Schedule Change to SB Silver Meteor - train 97

    For years Amtrak ran the Silver Meteor out of NYP at a post-5 pm time (typically 7 pm). This is not something brand new. It was a schedule that was in place for quite a few years and did make sense from equipment utilization. I do applaud Amtrak for looking to go back to a "same day turn" at...
  6. J

    Required turn around time in Seattle for delayed arrival of Amtrak 7 Empire Builder?

    Although a shorter train - #7/8 has to stock and clean the diner in Seattle, whereas Portland just has to service the Sightseer Lounge Car. The Seattle section in Jan/Feb is usually down to Superliner Trans Dorm/Sleeper, one full revenue Sleeper, Diner, and one or two coaches. So that consist is...
  7. J

    Is the lounge car important to you or your trip?

    The original post speaks about the "new high speed train sets not having tables [in the cafe car." It doesn't have a lounge per say, just areas for people to stand around and enjoy food or beverages at sort of "high top" counters and small tables. And for the most part - hold onto your drink or...
  8. J

    Is the City of New Orleans changing to single level?

    The CIty of New Orleans equipment - if made into a single level trainsets - could interchange with the Lake Shore or Crescent in Chicago or New Orleans respectively, and thus exchange out equipment in NYC or be cycled there to/from Hialeah, FL. The City of New Orleans has recently been thrown in...
  9. J

    Empire Service to get new equipment

    It is the CBP that prevents Amtrak/NYSDOT from putting a business class car on the Adirondack, but I still don’t understand how it would be such a big problem. If the last TWO cars carry those passengers looking to cross the border and the end car is the 1/2 cafe and 1/2 business class car...
  10. J

    Business Class..Coast Starlight vs Cascades..

    The Coast Starlight business class does have 2x2 seating, but it is a leather coach seating that has all been re-done. I still prefer the Cascades’ business class, but Coast Starlight business class not bad.
  11. J

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

    Don’t get me wrong, I certainly agree with you on the basis and premise of a real railroad diner car - full service meals etc. as the train races to its destination. Unfortunately that current model just won’t fly. Anderson is after the long distance trains and their cost output.
  12. J

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

    I think it is a capacity issue - or at least right now. How many box meals can they fit in a Viewliner II Kitchen area - that was not designed for box meals? Even after taking out what they could in the kitchens. Superliner Diners and Cross Country Cafes have more room than single level...
  13. J

    Viewliner II Part 3: Bag/Dorm Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Makes little sense to use them on the Eastern Long Distance trains after October 1st with the reduced onboard crew takes affect for F&B service. Your looking at TWO (2) LSA's occupying this car as crew members! Sleeper car attendants stay with their sleepers, and coach attendants stay with the...
  14. J

    New Canada-US Customs Pre-Clearance

    The Niagara Rainbow ONLY operated with a slumbercoach when re-launched in the 1990s? I say re-launched as if memory serves me correct, the Niagara Rainbow was a daily train and on a variation of overnight/day train operating through upstate NY and through to Detroit, Ohio, and Michigan.
  15. J

    New Canada-US Customs Pre-Clearance

    The Niagara Rainbow and Montrealer are two overnight trains I wish were still around. With a little tweaking in their schedule, they really could have been a nice "hotel on wheels" type of train, and perhaps more tolerable with the "new and contemporary" meal program. Leaving NYC to arrive in...
  16. J

    Sometimes AMTRAK stinks!

    Is there any regular "refresh" or "renovation" program that the Superliners or Viewliners are being cycled through? I would guess not, as the sleepers are really start to show wear and tear, but just curious.
  17. J

    Current Cardinal consist

    The train could use a second VIewliner Sleeper, but Amtrak holds that back!
  18. J

    LSL Boston Section and Vermonter connection at Springfield

    The last "inland NE Regional" that Amtrak clung to before discontinuing it had the train leaving Boston mid-morning so that it connected with the northbound Vermonter at Springfield. There was like an hour layover - wasn't too long, but long enough. Some variations of the Lake Shore Limited's...
  19. J

    Retired/Stored Equipment

    Again, amazing how Rocky Mountaineer and VIA have taken 50 to 60 year old cars, stripped them down to bare bones and then rebuilt them into the “Silver Leaf” cars or “Prestige Cars” that now bring in premium money for both these railroads. Could frames be salvaged and the cars rebuilt into all...
  20. J

    Amtrak Corridor Expansion Laundry List

    As far as expansion of corridor service in the southeast - particularly in Roanoke and the Norfolk Southern heartland per say - not sure if I can blame NS, as they are going to be battling capacity constraint. It’s no longer a two track main from DC to Atlanta. The “corridor plans” of Amtrak...