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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    You are like me. I am terrified of flying and have been even before the TSA hyper security era. However, being seated with a stranger is a necessary part of those who need to travel coach in the Northeastern Corridor to travel to New York or DC or Albany to connect with a sleeper. Strangers...
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    To Boston on the Night Owl -- 1987

    I remember the Night Owl sleeper very well. I used it a lot in 1987 when I traveled frequently between Boston and Washington in connection with moving to Boston for job reasons. It avoided the need to pay hotel bills in Boston before I rented an apartment, and similarly I avoided DC hotel bills...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I think this is gender and personality-specific. As a person who loves to curl up with a good read (series of good reads) or binge watch a TV series loaded onto my Kindle Fire at home, I don't find the roomette to be overly confining, I can always change scenery and stretch my legs at long...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Providing clean and sanitary toilets for common use is complex. When I first started riding trains the coaches had a "Ladies Lounge." It had a large common room with sink and mirrors with seats. Overall the restrooms seemed to be cleaner. To fast forward to moderns times. As a result of...
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    How do feel about riding "Coach" ?

    I hesitated at first to respond because it is framed in a way that assumes that the label “first class” means anything real and that people who travel in sleeper “first class” have categorical beliefs about the status of people who travel in coach. I concur with MikefromCrete I live in the...
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    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    I travel by train for the same reason. It's a nice little capsule especially when you get a sleeper. I love to read entire books in one sitting, and catching up on movies and binge watching TV shows. However, your mention of traveling on the Silver Star to see the eclipse in 2017 brought back...
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    I prefer to travel in a sleeper because it is a sleeper. I say that from the perspective of one who first traveled in a sleeper (occasionally) just before Amtrak, and many of the attendants dated from the Pullman era. I liked that the meals were reasonably good, and I enjoyed the fact that...
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    NYP Acela lounge experience

    You are correct. I was in the NYP Acela Lounge less than a month ago. It's on the skids for refreshment. There were sodas in a refrigerator that wasn't even cool, and no ice was in sight. That equipment went kaput with the removal of the fountain soda machine. What was in abundance?: giant...
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    I tried to post last night, but I didn't have my password. I was on the same train. We may have crossed paths. I also thought the dining care attendant gave excellent service. Breakfast - I got the hot sandwich. The other available items reminded me of the available selections at work...
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    Possible to actually sleep in LSL Boston sleeper?

    Oh my, the horns on the Boston section. I was glad to see this discussed. Normally I head South on the Crescent in a sleeper: having arrived from Boston via Acela or other Northeast Regional service. Last May I took took the Boston section sleeper of the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago to connect...
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    For me one theme recurs in this and other discussions: although Amtrak is one company, there is no (enforced??) uniform service standard in practice. On each trip and with different sleeping car attendants or dining car people, the service is variable. Example: previously for some, attendant's...
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    I first rode the trains right at the end of the NY Central and Illinois Central era. I traveled mostly in coach. My pattern was this: for afternoon departures eat a good meal before boarding and carry snacks for later. I was always able to get a good diner hot breakfast supplemented by a snack...
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    I'd love to take Coach on an Amtrak train BUT...

    You're right. Smoking is bad. I hated being around smoking (even in the Smoking Toleration Age of of fancy ash trays and cigarette boxes on the coffee table), have never smoked, and scoffed at the fantasy of the coach smoking "section." I was trying for using fewer words and ended up being...
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    I'd love to take Coach on an Amtrak train BUT...

    Sigh. I remember. Comfort and convenience were valued. People smoked everywhere those days including inside the coaches and sleeping compartments (We morphed then to smoking "sections" as though smoke did disperse throughout the car and then to smoking car so that was a baseline in what people...
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    Over the past few weeks I have been reading the discussion about the cutbacks in dining service. I had a taste of “contemporary” dining last summer on the Lake Shore Limited and found it woefully lacking. This past May, I experienced the upgraded version and found it passable, but nothing to...
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    Lake Shore Limited, New Meal Service Review

    I was also on the Lake Shore Limited Boston sleeper section two weeks ago. No more pseudo-luxury toiletry collection. I can compare that food experience to my Summer 2018 experience.The first issue is that you don't realize that the same Cafe Car (next to the sleeper), where you get your lunch...
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    Lake Shore Limited, Capitol Limited Rider New Menu Reviews

    This topic is being discussed in two places. Here is what I posted elsewhere in this forum concerning my actual experience. I just took the Lake Shore Limited last week in two legs: Chicago to Cleveland July 28th) and then Cleveland to Boston (July 1st) . I sampled the dinner and breakfast...
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    July Changes to Lake Shore and Capitol Limited Dining

    I just took the Lake Shore Limited last week in two legs: Chicago to Cleveland July 28th) and then Cleveland to Boston (July 1st) . I sampled the dinner and breakfast boxes on leg one. There was a huge box with a super thick paper napkin and silver colored plastic cutlery. The beef was odd...
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