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the_traveler

Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:29 AM

I though the cafe cars had one, although that one  is not the target of the folks to which you refer.

No, the ovens you see in the café car is a convection oven.


jebr

Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:12 AM

Additonally, to get specific, the Empire Builder stops at St. Paul, but not the neighboring city of Minneapolis. You'll have to take light rail from the St. Paul Amtrak to downtown Minneapolis, which takes about 45 minutes, no transfers. The light rail will be operating when the westbound Empire Builder arrives, if it's on-time. The last train is just past 2am.

https://www.metrotransit.org/route/902

 

The Green Line runs 24/7/365 (366 on leap years :) ) The schedule turns over at 3 AM or so, so while the last train of the day (per the schedule) is just past 2 AM, the first train of the following day is just past 3 AM, so there's no break of service for more than an hour (which is the frequency of that line during overnight hours.)

 

Most other major bus routes have a span of service between approximately 5 AM and 1 AM, though there's a few with longer hours than that.


caravanman

Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:51 AM

If I wanted to heat a ready made pie in a "conventional or fan assisted" oven it takes around 20 minutes. I would be very surprised to know how Amtrak's hot dogs and burgers are heated in 1 minute without a microwave?

 

Ed.


PVD

Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:02 AM

I though the cafe cars had one, although that one  is not the target of the folks to which you refer.


the_traveler

Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:57 AM

I am getting tired of all the “from a microwave” comments!:angry:

Unless the train stops and the chef or LSA goes to a store and uses a microwave, (s)he uses a CONVECTION oven to prepare meals or snacks. NO Amtrak train has a microwave.

ParanoidAndroid

Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:21 AM

Additonally, to get specific, the Empire Builder stops at St. Paul, but not the neighboring city of Minneapolis. You'll have to take light rail from the St. Paul Amtrak to downtown Minneapolis, which takes about 45 minutes, no transfers. The light rail will be operating when the westbound Empire Builder arrives, if it's on-time. The last train is just past 2am.

https://www.metrotransit.org/route/902


Fred Wis.

Posted 13 May 2018 - 06:11 PM

The Lake shore limited does NOT go to Minneapolis. You would need to take the Empire Builder from Chicago.


cpotisch

Posted 13 May 2018 - 03:43 PM

The Cardinal is expensive (similar to the Lake Shore Limited), and you'd have to wake up earlier, and it's only tri-weekly (leave on Friday morning), but it offers great scenery through central West Virginia along the New River Gorge. The Cardinal will also have a dining car... albeit microwaved food, but IMO it's still pretty good, and better food than the other two (after June 1). Note that currently you will ride the Palmetto #89 from Newark and transfer in DC to the Cardinal, if you want to ride the Cardinal.

The Cardinal has the exact same price buckets as the Lake Shore Limited, however since it's a short train and runs thrice-weekly, the buckets are almost always pretty high. If you can get a decent price, though, I would recommend it. After November 14, the Cardinal will be running to NYP again, but even with the current connection in Washington, I'd say it takes the cake. The scenery is fantastic and the food is hot (albeit from a microwave).

 

I'm pretty split between the Lake Shore and the Capitol, but since the latter is usually cheaper and uses Superliners, I'd probably take the Cap.


ParanoidAndroid

Posted 13 May 2018 - 03:33 PM

I'd recommend the Capitol Limited or Cardinal. The Cap has nice scenery through northeastern West Virginia and is cheaper than the Lake Shore Limited.

The Cardinal is expensive (similar to the Lake Shore Limited), and you'd have to wake up earlier, and it's only tri-weekly (leave on Friday morning), but it offers great scenery through central West Virginia along the New River Gorge. The Cardinal will also have a dining car... albeit microwaved food, but IMO it's still pretty good, and better food than the other two (after June 1). Note that currently you will ride the Palmetto #89 from Newark and transfer in DC to the Cardinal, if you want to ride the Cardinal.

pennyk

Posted 13 May 2018 - 02:37 PM

Whether to take the Capitol Limited (which is what I usually take), the Lake Shore Limited or the Cardinal to Chicago, you will change trains in Chicago and will take the Empire Builder from Chicago to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP).

 

If traveling over the summer (when the Lake Shore Limited is not going to NY Penn), I would go from Newark to Washington DC and take the Capitol Limited to Chicago.  If you are in a roomette on the Capitol Limited, you are entitled to wait in the Club Acela in WAS.  Boarding for the Capitol Limited will be from the Club Acela lounge.  If you are in a roomette on either the Capitol Limited or Empire Builder, you should be use the Metropolitan Lounge in Chicago.  They announce boarding from that lounge and it is a comfortable place to wait.

 

If traveling after the summer, I would consider taking the Lake Shore Limited from NYP to CHI.  However, generally, the fares on the Lake Shore Limited are more than those on the Capitol Limited (but not always).


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