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Chicago Tribune takes the bait

We’re talking about a complete press release reprint. Read the best thigh slapper of the day here, which I have highlighted.

A bilevel diner car called the Cross Country Cafe will pull into Chicago Union Station for the first time Monday on Amtrak’s City of New Orleans trains.

It’s part of Amtrak’s effort to restore ambience to rail travel as well as introduce a taste of the regions that the intercity railroad serves, officials said.

The cafe is outfitted with more comfortable seating and adjustable lighting, Amtrak said. Some items on the City of New Orleans cafe menu include red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding pie, in addition to lounge service providing other choices on the route between Chicago and New Orleans with a stop in Memphis, Amtrak said.

Although we are not devoted to nostalgia here, was not the lunch counter style cafe care on the Pan American called the “Cross Country Tavern?”

And, yes, I know, it’s “ambiance.” Without becoming some sort of nitpicker, I thought everywhere had some sort of ambiance. Wonder what they meant to say?

I have already said enough on this subject anyway.

Filed under: Amtrak

2 Responses

  1. The lunch counter on the PanAmerican was not a big success, but it showed up late on the scene, barely a few years before Amtrak. As I recalled it was called the Cross Keys Tavern, but after nearly 40 years, I can excuse a little senility.

    Jerry Sullivan

  2. patlynch says:

    I had breakfast on that car more than once. It was switched in at Montgomery, Alabama for the day run to Cincinnati.

    Somebody mentioned in a post not long ago that there are very many “corridors” on the L&N route. That run included Birmingham, Nashville and Louisville along the way. Obviously, that would be an asset of immeasurable value in a true national Amtrak system.
    Pat Lynch

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