Saying Goodbye To The Venerable Diner Car On Amtrak

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2019/09/22 11:32:08 (permalink)

Saying Goodbye To The Venerable Diner Car On Amtrak

As if traveling by air and train wasn't as enjoyable as it used to be, Amtrak has decided, in their infinite wisdom) to start doing away with the traditional dining car and replace it with prepackaged food. Didn't they bother to talk to airline passengers about how bad the prepackaged food sucks on planes? The dining car was one of the big draws for many people who love traveling by train. This will not end well for Amtrak. I would look for ridership to drop even lower than it currently is.
 
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    ScreamingChicken
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    Re: Saying Goodbye To The Venerable Diner Car On Amtrak 2019/09/22 12:50:56 (permalink)
    Because nowadays people really need less personal interaction, right?
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    Re: Saying Goodbye To The Venerable Diner Car On Amtrak 2019/09/22 13:01:17 (permalink)
    I know, right?
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    Re: Saying Goodbye To The Venerable Diner Car On Amtrak 2019/09/22 23:49:27 (permalink)
    Sad. My wife loves train travel. We take Amtrak overnight one or two times a year. The food isn’t as good as it was 10-15 years ago, but they do a good job considering the cramped, small facilities they have to work in.
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    Re: Saying Goodbye To The Venerable Diner Car On Amtrak 2019/09/23 10:41:19 (permalink)
    The days of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Houses went away a century ago. I suspect the onboard food for the last couple decades has been pre-made from national food service providers. Now days a Starbucks in every car is all that your typical American desires.
     
    A good read about the rise and fall of railroad food is Appetite for America, Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the American West - One Meal at a Time.
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    Re: Saying Goodbye To The Venerable Diner Car On Amtrak 2019/09/23 11:51:29 (permalink)
    I first met corned beef hash when I was about to begin fifth grade. It was in the dining car of Southern Railways deluxe passenger train The Southerner while traveling with my mother from New Orleans (where I had my first dinner at Antoine's and my first beignet at Café du Monde) to New York. I'd never heard of corned beef hash before but it sounded interesting. It was love at first taste.
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    Re: Saying Goodbye To The Venerable Diner Car On Amtrak 2019/09/23 13:37:34 (permalink)
    You guys can always go to the Strausburg Railroad, "the road to paradise, and take the tour train through beautiful Lancaster, Pa...and opt for the beautifully restored dining car experience.
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