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Posted 16 April 2017 - 08:53 AM

My last trip (10/2015), Amtrak was getting strict with the rule of no ice chest in sleepers. It was a real pain, as I like to relax with a few Adult Beverages while kicking back in my sleeper! How is the ICE situation these days???


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:06 AM

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:28 AM

My last trip (10/2015), Amtrak was getting strict with the rule of no ice chest in sleepers. It was a real pain, as I like to relax with a few Adult Beverages while kicking back in my sleeper! How is the ICE situation these days???

 
See this post: http://discuss.amtra...il-17/?p=705578

 

This forum really needs a "can of worms" smiley....


When it comes to getting your own ice on Amtrak I think this image might be slightly more appropriate...

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:41 AM

Just ask, most SCA's will fix you up.


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:42 AM

Glad to see this wasn't about the other ICE.


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:40 AM

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:41 AM

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 03:16 PM

Glad to see this wasn't about the other ICE.


Which is what I thought of originally, since the ice you put in a drink is "ice", and "ICE" is an abbreviation for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for those that don't know.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 04:06 PM

A small sanitary ice maker and self serve coffee maker should be included in any re-furb of the S-L sleeper beverage station. I've seen the coffee machines on the Auto Train, they aren't bad. That should end this as an issue 



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 04:09 PM

Not even an ice maker.... Just an ice dispenser is all that's needed! (Loaded with ice that is already loaded for the diner and cafe).

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 04:14 PM

As long as the storage area is not accessible to the public it would be fine. Lots of restaurants do that right now. A high volume ice maker, and staff periodically refills "soda stations"



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 05:02 PM

How is ice provided on VIA rail routes?


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 05:22 PM

How is ice provided on VIA rail routes?


when I rode the Canadian a few years ago no ice or waters were provided in the sleepers. There was self serve coffee, hot tea, juice, and water (like a pitcher of water) In the park car... Which could be 4 or 5 cars from your room.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:06 PM

I'd be thrilled if the coffee machines in sleepers were changed to provide hot water as well as coffee. Love to watch daylight arrive in my roomette with a cup of hot tea. Hate to have to beg for it.



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:37 PM

Don't the ones on the auto train do that? I think they do regular decaf and hot water For some reason the Douwie-Egbert name sticks in my mind....



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:56 PM

 

Glad to see this wasn't about the other ICE.


Which is what I thought of originally, since the ice you put in a drink is "ice", and "ICE" is an abbreviation for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for those that don't know.

 

When I first saw the title, I thought of the InterCity E​xpress!


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:32 PM

Don't the ones on the auto train do that? I think they do regular decaf and hot water For some reason the Douwie-Egbert name sticks in my mind....

Never been on the Auto Train, but the Club Acela lounge at the 30th Street Station in PHL has a single serve coffeemaker with a variety of pods for guest use (which are neither K-cups nor Senseo pods, but similar), and Douwe-Egberts sounds familiar, so I wonder if it's not the same setup. There are a number of commercial single-cup coffeemaker solutions [including Keurig®], so it wouldn't be a big deal (equipment-wise) to include them in a future sleeper build.



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:43 PM

A small sanitary ice maker and self serve coffee maker should be included in any re-furb of the S-L sleeper beverage station. I've seen the coffee machines on the Auto Train, they aren't bad. That should end this as an issue

A commercial version of the 'countertop' ice makers which have been popular in the past couple of years would be a solution. I'm sure they are already out there. Having a water line connection to the potable water tank would be required, but should be no different than the water dispenser setups which are already built in to most of the sleepers currently.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:50 PM

 

Glad to see this wasn't about the other ICE.


Which is what I thought of originally, since the ice you put in a drink is "ice", and "ICE" is an abbreviation for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for those that don't know.

 

It's also what I thought of when I saw the headline, but I knew that this being a conversation about Amtrak that it couldn't possibly be about the 'other' ICE...



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:34 PM

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Found a picture, not pods, but pushbutton dispensing.  K cups and other pods are generally pretty good, but pricey.






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