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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Speaking of full meal/dining car service on long distance trains, it gave me sad goosebumps when I was coming back from my Pittsburgh trip on Friday morning, that the conductor/employee on the PA system noted when the dining car closed after South Bend that it was the last time they'd have traditional dining car service on the Capitol Limited due to the change that train(and Lake Shore Limited) were getting with dining car service come June 1st. :( That guy was thanking the people who ate a meal in that car, on that trip. That train left DC on May 31st, hence the breakfast dining car service that morning(June 1st) being the last Capitol Limited train where traditional dining car meals were served on. For the record too(as far as I know it'll still have cafe car food/snacks despite that dining car food change on the side), and more noting this for future travelers, if you're going west on the Capitol Limited to Chicago the cafe car is closed after the train passes Chesterton, IN. I know that was the case, since I heard a PA announcement that they had closed the cafe car.

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Quite ironic and bittersweet for me, because after many years of experimenting with different routes between Chi and NYP, trying the LSL, Cap Ltd (with Regional or Acela) and Cardinal, booking bedrooms, roomettes, etc., eating before I boarded and on board, last year I finally settled on the best scenario for me: a bedroom on the Cap Ltd. and a steak dinner in the dining car.

 

Now it's gone and back to ground zero for me. Just as soon as Amtrak satisfied me, they unsatisfied me.

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And now something completely different: Via Rail's Canadian (#2) eastbound from Vancouver to Toronto. No dinner departing Vancouver, but a champagne reception in the end-of-train dome observation car. Then breakfast, lunch, dinner, continental breakfast, brunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast. On my train last week, 2(14), we received another lunch from a shortened menu, due to 8-hr late arrival into Toronto.

 

 

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Shortly after departing eastbound from Jasper, we were served champagne and apetisers in the dome car.

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