The Cafe is operated in the small end of the Diner ( CCC) that runs on the CONO and the Texas Eagle, but Coach passengers have to eat and drink in their Seats, they're not allowed to sit in the Crews " Lounge", which is where they hang out now that the Transdorms are also not operating on the Eagles.How can they get rid of the SSL? That's where the cafe car is (first floor). Without a cafe, there is literally NO FOOD available between SAN and CHI (Diner gets booked up by sleeper pax)? This is asinine.
That is very true but it was a great amenity for sleeping car passengers as well. We do not care to sit in our roomette all day.That’s too bad. The SSL was a nice amenity for coach passengers. At least they’ll keep the Cross Country Cafes. They just need to open the tables back up already.
As service declines, pricing goes up. Is there any 'silver lining' anywhere?Even worse and apparently going under the radar is the fact Amtrak is only selling Bedrooms in the second sleeper. Roomettes are not for revenue sale according to sources on said thread. Understandable on the surface considering no dorm but looking deeper there are only 3 or 4 onboard service crew members needing bedding.
A coach and sleeper car carry revenue pax, the SSL does not, and really does not pay for itself accounting wise.Does anybody know the "thinking" behind the decision to not return the SSL car to the TE? Do the idiot(s) who made that decision rationalize the scenery isn't as good as the other trains so passengers wouldn"t miss it,?
How much money can they be saving,?
When I first began riding in 1990,I was very impressed with the Sightseer car and have been ever since. This is a great disservice to both Coach and sleeper passengers.. This is close to the decision to eliminate traditional.dining on the Eastern trains. As that jerk Anderson stated...this will revolutionize how people eat on the train.
I love those UK trains! Compared to what's here in the USA, they are relatively modern, comfortable, and go fast. Am surprised when I see bloggers complaining about the service in the British Isles.I'm now even more depressed than I was before. I think that even if President Biden decides to let us in to the US, I'll cancel our TE booking. Our favourite parts of our previous trip were sitting in the SSL and eating in the dining car. In fact, we did little else, apart from sleep. Drat.
That sucks. So if that is the reasoning why doesn't Amtrak get rid of all the SSL cars? Maybe they will...the SIghtseer car is an important part of the train and passengers love it. How much can they save by eliminating it and how much more can Amtrak do to **** off their customers who are paying sky high prices for sleepers?A coach and sleeper car carry revenue pax, the SSL does not, and really does not pay for itself accounting wise.
I don't know what the Amtrak cancellation policy is in these Covid times? They may offer a voucher for future use, which is not great for us Brits. I hope you can get a full refund?I'm now even more depressed than I was before. I think that even if President Biden decides to let us in to the US, I'll cancel our TE booking. Our favourite parts of our previous trip were sitting in the SSL and eating in the dining car. In fact, we did little else, apart from sleep. Drat.