Dining Car on Christmas Day (Coast Starlight)

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TaseMeBro

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I'm considering a trip on the Coast Starlight over most of Christmas Day.

I know, of course, not to expect anything extra or special - but does anyone know if the dining car will be open and serving the usual menu?

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Years ago - many years ago, the dining cars would have a special menu for the holidays - but that stopped a while ago. I would expect the dining car to be open and serving its "usual" menu.
 

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When I traveled on Silver Meteor a few days after Christmas, the dining car's staff had the dining car decorated with some strings of colored lights. The service staff were wearing Santa hats as was some of the SCAs.
 

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When I traveled on Silver Meteor a few days after Christmas, the dining car's staff had the dining car decorated with some strings of colored lights. The service staff were wearing Santa hats as was some of the SCAs.
All of which technically isn’t allowed, so don’t be surprised if you see a crew not decorating/dressing up. That being said…I‘ll partake if I’m working a diner and the crew wants to do it, but if I’m working a train by myself (Cafe) I stick to the guidelines.
 

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I admit the last time we did this was in 2013, but we did board the Coast Starlight on Christmas Day, northbound out of LAX. Had to go to a Jewish deli for breakfast beacuse nothing else was open (I checked in advance). The train had a light passenger load, and was otherwise unremarkable. All onboard services were normal.

I too remember special meals.
 
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