Posted 16 April 2018 - 06:01 PM
It is purest handwaving to suggest that Boston cannot do basic mechanical servicing on the Viewliner Diners, given that it can handle Viewliner I sleepers, Amfleet IIs, Amfleet Is, Acelas, Horizons, etc. I simply don't believe that. If they're that incompetent, honestly, I could replace them personally and do better -- and I think better of Amtrak than that.
They don't have a full "diner" commissary at Boston, *but the LSL isn't running a full diner menu anyway* right now. At least there would be a better atmosphere for the passengers and better conditions for the serving staff if the Amfleet II were replaced with the Viewliner right now, even if they can't bring fresh-cooked eggs back until the "summer of hell" is over.
No one is saying that Boston can’t maintain a V-II. But if they don’t have a commissary that can supply food for a diner(-lite), that’s a problem. Obviously ViewDiners are superior to AmCafes, but if Boston can’t supply anything beyond the Cafe’s offerings, something somewhere has to change. Honestly, this whole subject is more about how they can run a diner-lite on the LSL at all this summer, rather than what type of equipment will be used.
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