Capitol Limited (30) Dinner

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  1. May 17, 2019 #1

    John Bobinyec

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    There are several threads on this, but it's hard to tell what's current (May 2019).

    Leaving Chicago at 6.40 p.m. in first class, should I expect an evening meal?

    Thanks,
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    pennyk

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    Below is a quote from the LSL food review thread. The lunch and dinner entrees on the LSL are the same as the dinner entrees on the Capitol Limited. The dining car is now a sleeper lounge. Passengers have their choice whether to eat in the sleeper lounge or their room.

    The last time I rode the Capitol Limited eastbound, we left Chicago late and dinner was delayed.

     
  3. May 17, 2019 #3

    John Bobinyec

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    So if the train leaves on time, what's the earliest the evening meal is served?

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    When I rode the eastbound CL back when it had a full diner, the first seating was actually before the train departed CUS. Last summer they didn't start slinging "fresh & contemporary" until we were somewhere past Gary. I have no idea what's going on with the "new & improved fresh & contemporary."
     
  5. May 17, 2019 #5

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    When I was on 30 six weeks ago the first seating was around 7:30 CT.
     
  6. May 19, 2019 #6

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    Was on Capitol Limited a couple of weeks ago and in April eastbound out of Chicago and the SCA came by and took times/reservations for passengers to go to the diner to get and partake in the box dinners. Couple of weeks ago, unlike April trip eastbound, the Capitol Limited left Chicago with nearly every roomette and bedroom full, including half of the Superliner Trans Dorm/Sleeper. Times for dinner were offered at 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 and 9:30 pm. Some were NOT happy with the 9:30 pm dinner slot! When a full diner was operated (e.g. no box meal service), everyone was typically fed by 9 pm the latest even when full out of Chicago.

    It went so late because the sleepers were full leaving Chicago, unlike Washington DC per say. Only four rooms in the Superliner Trans Dorm/Sleeper were reserved for crew, all other rooms were open to be sold to revenue passengers. First time I’ve been onboard to see the lower room numbers being sold (#1 through #4, which are on the “other side”).

    Passengers booked in sleepers (on both RT I took) - 95% boarded in Chicago and if all were not going to DC, they were transferring at Pittsburgh. The manifest that I saw westbound nearly, mirrored that, meaning whatever sleeping car passengers hadn’t boarded in Washington DC, they were boarding in Pittsburgh. There was hardly any intermediate boarding or de-boarding on both round trips I took........ We also arrived into DC heading eastbound at 2:30 pm. Normally with the full diner, a brunch had been offered till about 12 noon (or till Marinsburg). But with the box meal service, you got breakfast only, and if you wanted anything after that - one had to go to the cafe, which was largely sold out by 12 noon. Not that anyone starved, but more accommodating when the Capitol Limited offered a brunch eastbound.
     

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