Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:32 AM
I rode the LSL last week from CHI to NYP so while I can't promise that this is everyday's process it was the one I had. They try and board the train as soon as it pulls into the station, sometime after 8:30 but well before departure time, then they can close the lounge. No wine and cheese on the train, they do have it in the lounge in the afternoon. They also laid out crudites in the afternoon and chocolates a little later, as well as dispensers with trail mix, mixed nuts and some other kind of crunchy things (don't know the correct name, but they were pretty good) Also, a bowl of fruit. Any conjecture on return of the diner is purely guesswork.
I rode it last month and this pretty much was my experience as well.
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