Trip report - Southwest Chief #4 / Lake Shore Limited #448 LAX-SPG

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Real china is also called porcelain. Amtrak is not bringing porcelain back to dining cars. Most likely they intend to bring some form of Corelle glass-based tableware back as was used just before the change to plastic. This is a massive improvement over cheap plastic plates but it is not "real china" anymore than stainless steel is "real silverware."
Point taken. However, most of us are just using "real china" to describe the Corelle plates, as compared to what we've been getting in the past year, it certainly feels like "real china".
 

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Real china is also called porcelain. Amtrak is not bringing porcelain back to dining cars. Most likely they intend to bring some form of Corelle glass-based tableware back as was used just before the change to plastic. This is a massive improvement over cheap plastic plates but it is not "real china" anymore than stainless steel is "real silverware."
Were you confused by what I typed?
 

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Were you confused by what I typed?
No, but this forum was created for educating new and infrequent travelers on what to expect when they ride Amtrak and there are some posts implying they should expect real china despite the fact that this will not be the case. Amtrak even charges prices that make real china seem plausible so I'm just trying to set the record straight.

So did I. Lol
Me too!
 
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This person with apparently an eye to brain defect mistook the rolled up napkin for a foot. "OMG, did he really put his feet up on the table?!" It took a few seconds for me to figure it out.
To quote a famous Cable Guy, "That there's funny, I don't care who you are!"
And as I was scanning through the pictures at this obscene hour of 0830, at first glance, I too thought it was a stockinged foot.
 

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Nah, that's not real china. But who cares? You don't eat the plate.
When last Diner service was happening, ISTR the "plates" were a very sturdy glossy finished cardboardlike product. Didn't think you could put a utensil through them, nor cut through with a knife. Their object in removing the original china and the follow ons was to eliminate dirty dishes, the scullery and labor associated therewith.
I do remember a Corelle-like product, and I believe they kept the used dishes and utensils and offloaded the as is at the end of the trip..
 
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