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#101 Maglev

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 12:11 PM

 

 

 

 

Speaking of that if you don't have a sleeper aboard the Portland-Spokane leg of the Empire Builder, does that at least have a cafe car(of course where you'd have to pay) for coach passengers? I totally understand on all long distance routes, that complimentary meals are only for sleeper passengers.

 

There is *always* a sleeper and cafe on the Portland section of the Empire Builder, along with two coaches.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 12:15 PM

Yep, the Sightseer Lounge on the is on the PDX-SPK Section of the Builder ( the Diner is on the Seattle Section)with Cafe Downstairs.

Sleeper passengers receive a Boxed Dinner ( very good!😎) out of Portland and a Boxed Breakfast ( Not so good!😣)on the way from SPK-PDX along the Columbia!
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:16 AM

 

 

 

 
Speaking of that if you don't have a sleeper aboard the Portland-Spokane leg of the Empire Builder, does that at least have a cafe car(of course where you'd have to pay) for coach passengers? I totally understand on all long distance routes, that complimentary meals are only for sleeper passengers.
 
There is *always* a sleeper and cafe on the Portland section of the Empire Builder, along with two coaches.
There have been trips, rather infrequently, without a lounge, though there isn't usually a replacement for it.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:22 PM

The latest chart doesn't show 49/449 breakfast before arrival. Did that go away?



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 05:50 PM

The latest chart doesn't show 49/449 breakfast before arrival. Did that go away?

The chart is in error. Breakfast is indeed served on 49/449.

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 02:10 PM

Yep, the Sightseer Lounge on the is on the PDX-SPK Section of the Builder ( the Diner is on the Seattle Section)with Cafe Downstairs.

Sleeper passengers receive a Boxed Dinner ( very good!) out of Portland and a Boxed Breakfast ( Not so good!)on the way from SPK-PDX along the Columbia!

Interesting insight, that the boxed dinner from Portland has better food vs. the food out of the cafe car going west to Portland. I guess the fact they can use a full service kitchen somewhere inside the Portland station, vs. how little room the cafe car has to prepare food going west from Spokane, would make a difference in that the food quality would be better going eastbound? 



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Posted 25 June 2017 - 03:35 PM

Both boxed meals on #27/#28 are Catered by a Contractor, not prepared by Amtrak.

The Dinner out of Portland is really good with several choices, but the Breakfast on the way from Spokane to Portland is Second Rate in Comparison to Breakfast in Amtraks Diners and the Box Dinner.
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Posted 26 June 2017 - 09:44 AM

The quality of the boxed dinner out of Portland is in my opinion much higher than the boxed breakfast. I have ridden to Portland several times in coach from Spokane and to me the quality of the breakfast items from the lounge car is higher than that of the boxed dinner. Just my opinion of course.
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