Giving Amtrak Food For Thought

 
Topic moved from News by dthead on 04 Sep 2019 20:58
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I recently viewed a you tube trip report of the capitol service between Chicago and Washington and believe me the food onboard was not rated very highly.

It appears on some of the shorter services (as opposed to longer chicago to San Francisco services for example) do not have equivalent food services on board.

Giving Amtrak Food For Thought

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  GoldenGirl Station Master

I recently viewed a you tube trip report of the capitol service between Chicago and Washington and believe me the food onboard was not rated very highly.

It appears on some of the shorter services (as opposed to longer chicago to San Francisco services for example) do not have equivalent food services on board.

Giving Amtrak Food For Thought
bevans
I travelled from Salt Lake city to San Francisco on Thanksgiving, and they did not provide traditional Thanksgiving catering. There was a near riot on board the train.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I recently viewed a you tube trip report of the capitol service between Chicago and Washington and believe me the food onboard was not rated very highly.

It appears on some of the shorter services (as opposed to longer chicago to San Francisco services for example) do not have equivalent food services on board.

Giving Amtrak Food For Thought
I travelled from Salt Lake city to San Francisco on Thanksgiving, and they did not provide traditional Thanksgiving catering. There was a near riot on board the train.
GoldenGirl

It will interesting to see if they align the on board catering for those services with the longer distance variety.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I recently viewed a you tube trip report of the capitol service between Chicago and Washington and believe me the food onboard was not rated very highly.

It appears on some of the shorter services (as opposed to longer chicago to San Francisco services for example) do not have equivalent food services on board.

Giving Amtrak Food For Thought
I travelled from Salt Lake city to San Francisco on Thanksgiving, and they did not provide traditional Thanksgiving catering. There was a near riot on board the train.
GoldenGirl

Stretching credibility Question

https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/menus/routes/Long-Distance-Dining-Car-Menu-1118.pdf

Seems to me that the 'Full meal service' provided is perfectly adequate.

Mike.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Did the coast Starlight in July 2012 both ways, no issues then, and I'm fussy ! Wink

David
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
I first took the Starlight from Emeryville to Seattle in 1997 and thought the dining was wonderful along with my trip on the Zephyr from Chicago to Emeryville in 1999. By the time in 2014 I took the Starlight again LA to Emeryville and later Seattle to Emeryville and the Zephyr from Emeryville to Denver then the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle the service had noticeably declined. (I have left out my travels on East Coast services which can be worse). They still had the Club (actual name?) on the Starlight then but it was removed although not sure of the current situation. Amtrak Dining is now not a shadow if itself in the 20th Century.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I first took the Starlight from Emeryville to Seattle in 1997 and thought the dining was wonderful along with my trip on the Zephyr from Chicago to Emeryville in 1999. By the time in 2014 I took the Starlight again LA to Emeryville and later Seattle to Emeryville and the Zephyr from Emeryville to Denver then the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle the service had noticeably declined. (I have left out my travels on East Coast services which can be worse). They still had the Club (actual name?) on the Starlight then but it was removed although not sure of the current situation. Amtrak Dining is now not a shadow if itself in the 20th Century.
Brianr

It's hardly AMTRAK's fault...what with years of budget cuts to contend with... and perhaps worse to come with their hopeless current ex airline CEO with his grand service scaling down plans and the clown in charge of the whole show in DC.

Moreover, AMTRAK's catering is definitely better than the best domestic airline food in USA.

Mike.
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
I know it is the CEO's fault. At least from what I read. and the fact those in the US Congress will not provide support for trains. However in regard to meals, on the few occasions when I have flown within the US, meals are the least of my worries. Dining on Amtrak was one of the delights of travel in the past.
I only fly when no alternative.
In 2010 I flew from Chicago to New York as I could not get a sleeper, then I flew Boston to Halifax as the alternative was far too slow. I took 4 train trips in USA and 5 in Canada (all in the East) then finished by flying Toronto to San Francisco.
In 2014 I flew Salt Lake City to New York but I took 7 train trips including 5 overnight across the States.
In 2017 I flew Vancouver to Toronto but train all the way back to Jasper then Prince Rupert, ferry to Juneau then Whittaker and all the available trains in Alaska. After flying from Whitehorse back to Vancouver, I took Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle (free first class with points) but then flew to San Francisco.
For many reasons, after 8 visits, I do not intend returning to the USA ever again.
Last week my return flights to Wellington were the first time I had taken a domestic flight in NZ that was not connecting to overseas. I lived in Australia for 65 years and covered most of it by either train or car. I ony flew domestically 6 times and 4 of those were across Bass Strait.
  LesS Train Controller

Location: Behind the Camera
I have recently returned from spending over a month travelling around the US including a lot on Amtrak.

In summary:  The food on board is disgusting.

I had sleepers on The Silver Star; The Crescent; The Sunset. As well seats for short journeys on the east coast corridor and the South West Chief.

On paper the menus look good. On the plate they are very different.

The dining car was removed from The Silver Star a couple of years ago. The Café/Lounge food is very poor and I found most of it not to my taste. Staff were very officious.

The dining car meals were of poor quality and I found some of them inedible. Plates, cups, cutlery and all else is disposable. Plastic cutlery and paper plates as well as paper cups.

Like BrianR I have visited the US several times since the mid 1970's. For a variety of reasons when departing I resolved not to return. It is no longer "the land of the free" Whenever security is required; wherever it is; it is always airport standard. In many places if you stand still for only a minute or two you will be questioned why?

I found that the opinion of a taxidriver I met in the Caribbean is correct; "Americans are simply paranoid."

Reflecting since returning home; the paranoia is not only terrorism but also directly a consequence of their firearms laws.

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