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- Aug 24, 2003
I would caution all that the VP in charge of Amtrak LD Services, Larry Chestler spoke at the RPA Council Meeting (I attended it by Zoom as a Council Member representing Florida) last week specifically stating that traditional dining is not returning to Eastern LD trains before late Fall. Traditional dining is returning during summer to the Western long distance trains which had traditional dining before the pandemic.On Monday I took the City of New Orleans from CHI to NOL. My sleeping car attendant was a New Orleans crew base Amtrak chef who just got back on the extra board after a long furlough. He informed me that traditional dining (crab cakes, steaks, French toast, etc) will be returning to ALL of Amtrak's long distance trains this summer. This includes the CONO, LSL, Capital Limited, Cardinal, and Crescent. Any Amtrak train that runs with a diner! Hearing this news from him was a highlight of the trip, and I'm pleased to share it here.
According to what he said, the Eastern LDs will have to wait several months while they figure out exactly what to do, and in all likelihood what returns to the eastern LDs may be different from the traditional dining of yore. The specific decisions regarding them are yet to be made, and they are being worked on. So keep your expectation in check on the eastern LDs.
I guess I will leave it upto each individual as to whether they would rather trust the guy who holds the purse strings and makes the decisions about what will happen, or a Chef recently returned from furlough.