Posts Tagged ‘Amfleet cafe car’

Statehouse at Joliet

August 11, 2017

The southbound  St. Louis-bound Statehouse rolls into Joliet Union Station on June 19, 1998. Aside from the Phase III livery on the P42DC locomotive, the scene is similar in appearance to today in that some Chicago-St. Louis passenger trains feature a mix of Horizon coaches and Anfleet food service cars.

The Statehouse was funded in part by the State of Illinois and at the time operated on a mid-day schedule.

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Amtrak Cafe Car Fare

February 22, 2017

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The offerings of a typical Amtrak cafe car probably are not the healthiest and they are for sure not the cheapest offerings.

But if you have the munchies after sitting in a coach seat for a couple hours with another couple hours to go before reaching your destination, they look pretty good.

Shown is the serving area of an Amfleet cafe car that was on display in May 2016 at the National Train Day event in Toledo, Ohio.

Through the use of enhance graphics and color photography the food offerings look better than they do when the attendant hands them to you in a cardboard box.

And when was the last time that you saw a whole pie in a food service car? The current national cafe car menu at the Amtrak website doesn’t show pie as an option. Not even one of those Hostess apple pies found in convenience stores.

I will admit that I’ve always had a fondness for the Angus cheeseburger, which currently costs $7.25.

Like I said, Amtrak cafe fare is not cheap. Bon appetit.

Not Just Another Meal in an Amcafe

November 10, 2016

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At first glance this might appear to be just another day in an Amfleet food service car. But there is nothing ordinary about the lunch period on this day.

The image was made aboard the last westbound trip of Amtrak’s National Limited on Sept. 1, 1979. As part of a major route restructuring, the New York-Kansas City train and a number of other trains were discontinued.

I had boarded No. 31 in Indianapolis and would ride as far as Effingham, Illinois. This image was made not long after the train departed from Terre Haute, Indiana.

The discontinuance of Nos. 30 and 31 ended intercity rail passenger service to Terre Haute. The city might have regained Amtrak had a proposed Chicago to Florida train that Amtrak studied in the late 1980s come to fruition.

There has been periodic talk of creating a St. Louis section of the Chicago-New York Cardinal that would serve Terre Haute, but it has yet to materialize, too.

Viewing Cleveland From Amtrak

September 17, 2016

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Except during the summer, the four Amtrak trains that serve Cleveland pass through the city in darkness because they are scheduled there between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Cleveland is an important point on the Amtrak map, but not as important as others.

So I was surprised to find inside an Amfleet cafe car this mural of downtown Cleveland. The car was on display at the National Train Day festival in Toledo as part of an Amtrak exhibit train that was designed to approximate a miniature version of the Lake Shore Limited.

Interestingly, the cafe car was labeled on its exterior for Northeast Corridor service. The Lake Shore Limited does carry a car similar to this in its consist so perhaps this car has been assigned to Nos. 48 and 49 over the years.

The view in the photograph itself is looking northeastward. That is Progressive Field in the lower right-hand corner, which is the home of the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team.

Lake Shore Limited State of the Art

September 6, 2016

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Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited has been much talked about this year and not always for the good.

Last spring Nos. 48 and 49 began operating with a lone P42DC locomotive between Chicago and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Then during the summer the full-service dining cars were removed in favor of Amfleet food service cars with a “diner light” menu.

Of course, there is the on-going saga of whether the Boston section will again run the length of the route to Chicago.

Every time that Amtrak indicates that it is coming back, it continues to operate only between Boston and Albany. Furthermore, Nos. 448 and 449 have been annulled several times this year in favor of buses due to CSX track work.

I made it a point to get out to see the Lake Shore this past weekend because I had not seen it since the changes were made.

It had P42DC No. 12, a Viewliner baggage car, three Viewliner sleepers, two Amfleet food service cars and five Amfleet II coaches.

It is shown doing track speed at Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania, running on time about an hour after sunrise.