My son and me took a trip to Seattle this past weekend; 500 on Saturday 505 on Sunday.
Saturday was a Horizon set, which my 3 year old son was rather confused that it wasn’t a Talgo, but he figured it out. Sunday was the Mt. Jefferson Talgo set, his favorite!
I’m glad to see food service has returned, but it’s interesting that it uses the national menu and not the Cascades-specific menu. Bistro Car attendant on the 505 was telling me that WSDOT back in April of 2020, let the various vendor agreements they had except for local beer lapse due to uncertainly of when food service will return. Apparently that is being resolved soon and it’s going to have new items from both Oregon and Washington.
As for Point Defiance Bypass, one of the conductors told me they are almost done qualifying crews, he expects it ready by August.