- May 13, 2014
That’s good to hear…there are a few like that. I would imagine she gets gratuity’s as well…My car is parked for free at the Wells ME station (on I-95) to begin an Amtrak xcountry to southern Calif. Right off I have something to report about food service. The young woman working the cafe car on the DownEaster said she still tries offering service to seated passengers as long as the train isn’t too full. She said “she enjoys doing it”
What spirit !!!
The Downeaster has switched to Amtrak LSA’s?In October 2020 when the cafe car was closed the waitstaff contracted from a Massachusetts company for the DownEaster. They wore light greenn aprons. Today the cafe gal was in Amtrak colors, she was a sweetheart, as they all were
That's not exactly true. On a single-level consist ONE bedroom on the entire train has the ability for a wheelchair to access the dining car from the first sleeper and only the first sleeper. The other two (?) HP passengers are out of luck. Kind of unfair I guess.I don't understand the push to make every part of the train accessible since the train itself is so hard to get around for someone who is mobility-impaired anyway . . . The wheelchair space in the diner is especially silly as there's no way to GET THERE in a wheelchair.
Traditional dining won't be back for all western routes on every journey until the 26th. it will only be available on trains leaving from their OBS crew base, so trains #4, #422, #2, #14, #8, #28, and #5fingers crossed in 3 more days "Steak" will be back on the Western LD routes. Along with the many other favorites.
Interesting! I wonder if the Lasagnas are heated up in the oven. maybe the coast starlight manager listened to the complaints and ordered some lasagnas and burgers and hot dogs for the diner.On the CS today - some unique aspects in the flexible dining today. They have the flex meals plus a meat or veggie lasagna option which is completely different than the normal flexible meals - looked more like it had been prepared at a comissary and reheated - not the usual flex container. They also had the oven pride cafe car burgers and Hebrew National hot dogs available in the diner as well. The lasagna was pretty good - I should have taken a photo before eating but didn’t think too so there’s the finished container.
Traditional dining will definitely be back by JulyI'll be gone the first weekend in July so that gives them a full week after the 26th to get their groove back. I've rarely had a bad chef. I've rarely had a good FlexMeal. I swear if the Chef's are not back on the Zephyr by the first weekend in July I'm going to have to find/use UberEats at the daytime layovers and pack cold sandwiches for the rest. (I can handle the fast food omelet but still no comparison for the Egg choices once the diners are back in full operations.) Hopefully by my early July departure.
Please let us know if they have coffee in the sleeper cars on the CZ (if you are in one ). And I can't wait to see any pictures you might post. Have a great trip.I will be riding the Coast starlight one week from tomorrow. Will have lunch and dinner in the diner traveling from lax-emy. Then emu chi on CZ. I’ll take pictures as much as I can and report my take and my gf’s take.