Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by mtuandrew » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:46 pm

lordsigma12345 wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:08 pm
One thing the summaries didn’t mention was that after saying he “appreciates that” he said something like “and I think we should invest in that on a few stellar routes.” Maybe that means it’ll stay on at least a couple western long distance routes. I’m guessing this alludes to the “experiential service level” they’ve hinted at in the 5 year plans.
Builder, Zephyr definitely; you could make a case for any of the others too, but I’d guess the Chief.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by STrRedWolf » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:33 pm

mtuandrew wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:46 pm
lordsigma12345 wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:08 pm
One thing the summaries didn’t mention was that after saying he “appreciates that” he said something like “and I think we should invest in that on a few stellar routes.” Maybe that means it’ll stay on at least a couple western long distance routes. I’m guessing this alludes to the “experiential service level” they’ve hinted at in the 5 year plans.
Builder, Zephyr definitely; you could make a case for any of the others too, but I’d guess the Chief.
I can make the case for trains that span three days. Overnight trains, through, are the issue.
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by gokeefe » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:06 pm

I would agree with this interpretation. I think this is especially so given the recent service improvements on the Auto Train.
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by TCurtin » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:29 am

This is an item I put on another thread. I am intentionally "quoting myself" here, since this discussion evidently has a large following:

This sounds interesting. The email is quoted verbatim.............

(Note, the trip we are taking is correctly stated)

"We have exciting news to share with you about your upcoming trip on [Trains 51 and 50] to White Sulphur Springs WV.

"Starting October 1 we will be debuting a new dining experience aboard your train --- made exclusively available for Sleeping
car customers. Here is what you can expect when you are onboard:

" - A new dining menu with hot, ready to serve choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- A wide selection of wine, beer and spirits (The first one is on us) plus unlimited soft drinks
throughout your journey
- Complimentary room service provided by your sleeping car attendant
- Exclusive onboard lounge space for sleeping car customers to dine and socialize 24x7
- Flexible dining times without the need for reservations

" Sample menus can be found at Amtrak.com/flexdining.

" We look forward to seeing you on board."

Well, should we be as excited as the email says? Also, I was wondering, is this service upgrade unique to The Cardinal ?

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by Rockingham Racer » Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:00 pm

Well, they changed their minds and decided not to put a new "sleeper lounge" on this train. So you can go from there as to how excited you should get.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by bostontrainguy » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:57 am

For what it's worth, House T&I Chairman Defazio states he intends to strip Amtrak's profitability mandate from the 2020 Surface Transportation re-authorization.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by gokeefe » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:01 pm

Interesting choice given the circumstances.
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:13 am

Somewhere, Col. Perkowski started a topic regarding railroad recipies, and if appropriate, to merge this posting with such:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dining-car-food

A gentleman, Ira Silverman, whom I have met "along the way", has donated an extensive collection of Dining Car menus to Northwestern University, and which has "digitized" such.

Should make for an interesting reference source.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by lordsigma12345 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:02 pm

There's a new menu for the western trains:

https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/proj ... u-1119.pdf

No changes to the meal choices - this change is exclusively to reflect the coke and wine vendor change.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by superstar » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:57 pm

lordsigma12345 wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:02 pm
There's a new menu for the western trains:

https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/proj ... u-1119.pdf

No changes to the meal choices - this change is exclusively to reflect the coke and wine vendor change.
"Coke-Cola" soft drinks

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by lordsigma12345 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:00 pm

I saw that too but forgot to mention it in my post. Gotta love the proofreading skills!

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by gokeefe » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:11 pm

Agreed, that's a ridiculous typo.
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by David Benton » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:40 am

Why does the garden salad have the note it is complimentary for sleeping car passengers? Aren't all dishes complimentary for sleepers? I can only think they mean they can order it in addition to their main dish for free?
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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by mtuandrew » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:56 am

David Benton wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:40 am
Why does the garden salad have the note it is complimentary for sleeping car passengers? Aren't all dishes complimentary for sleepers? I can only think they mean they can order it in addition to their main dish for free?
I think you’re exactly right in that it’s a complimentary side dish for sleeper passengers along with their paid entrée. That’s normal in American sit-down restaurants, where you’re usually offered a choice between “garden” salad (small, no protein and few toppings), french fries (chips in British parlance), and possibly mixed warm vegetables or a baked potato. An entree (large) salad may or may not offer side dishes, often bread.

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Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Post by JimBoylan » Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:50 am

I think the need for the Garden Salad note is because it is not complimentary for coach passengers, but a separate charge for them. Of course, they could have said the same about non alcoholic beverages.

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