• Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by Rockingham Racer
 
Like the lobster bisque on the Downeaster? :-) Of has that gone off the menu?
  by Suburban Station
 
AgentSkelly wrote: Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:08 am
Suburban Station wrote: Amtrak used to use Gate Gourmet which was even worse. airlines do a lot of things well, food isn't one of them.
I remember that era. I thought it was no worse than Aramark but had other options.

LSG has quite the non-airline food service business to keep its airport commissaries busy. I think they already provide food to DB...

Delaware North would be my best bet here, but they would need to open up their own operations in some regions or subcontract it.


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I just remember my train frequently being delayed due to late arriving gate gourmet. I think the commissary was at the airport or something, whatever it was it stopped when they changed vendors. Still, no reason to think it would be better.

Have to agree that smaller vendors are often better at the job and for state services there is no need to be part of the national amtrak food service. Unlike being ticketed and marketed as an amtrakkservice, there is no benefit to being amtrak food service.
  by mtuandrew
 
For state services with a cafe only, it’s possibly cheaper to send a guy out to Sam’s Club in a pickup truck. You can get most everything you need there, excepting the individually packed frozen hamburgers (though maybe you can even get those.)
  by STrRedWolf
 
Yes, you can get those there.

Basically, you can stock a food truck there (or at Costco). If you can stock a food truck there, you can stock a train.
  by mtuandrew
 
Right. I’m using Sam’s, Costco, BJ’s, Gordon Food Service, and any other food warehouse stores interchangeably. Might not be worth the wage-hours to (say) send an Oklahoma DOT employee to go buy Fritos, but then again it might be cheaper than Aramark.
  by gokeefe
 
An ODOT contractor probably would indeed be cheaper. The Fritos won't mind either way. :-D
  by STrRedWolf
 
gokeefe wrote: Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:24 pm An ODOT contractor probably would indeed be cheaper. The Fritos won't mind either way. :-D
No, say it right. It's a small business owner. :D
  by gokeefe
 
Lol. Exactly. :wink:

Regardless, it's a proven solution in state supported corridor service.
  by Suburban Station
 
when I rode the cape flyer the owner of the company that supplied the train was also selling the food, she could vouch for the sandwiches since she had made them herself that afternoon instead of in some offsite commissary last week.
  by ThirdRail7
 
Suburban Station wrote: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:18 am
Amtrak used to use Gate Gourmet which was even worse. airlines do a lot of things well, food isn't one of them.
As noted, they were extremely unreliable. I hope they've turned around.
  by STrRedWolf
 
ThirdRail7 wrote: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:10 am
Suburban Station wrote: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:18 am
Amtrak used to use Gate Gourmet which was even worse. airlines do a lot of things well, food isn't one of them.
As noted, they were extremely unreliable. I hope they've turned around.
When was that? As of 2013, it looks like they got the reliability down pat for Delta.
  by AgentSkelly
 
Gate Gourmet from what I remember, didn’t have much experience in non-airline operations which contributed to issues such as being late to the start terminal to deliver food...

LSG has lots of experience in this regard...


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  by Gilbert B Norman
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/transpor ... nce-trains

Fair Use:
.Amtrak president and chief executive Richard Anderson on Wednesday defended the company’s decision to kill the traditional dining car on some long-distance trains, a shift that has ignited a firestorm of complaints from railroad passengers and aficionados.

Anderson acknowledged the transition to more “flexible” and “contemporary” dining options hasn’t been popular but said it has not hurt ticket sales.

“There’s a lot of anecdotes about food, because there are people that love the long-distance service and the halcyon days of sitting in the dining car in your coat and tie, and I appreciate that,” Anderson said while testifying in front of the House Transportation subcommittee on railroads, pipelines and hazardous materials. “But when you make these kinds of changes, you make these kinds of changes based on data, and we have data about what our customers’ preferences are.”.
Now, let's take a peek at the photo leading off The Post article and that immediately linked:

https://images.app.goo.gl/N16w5svqoBf6yLiR9

Note the difference in dress codes. No one would dare show up in a Tank Top and Flip Flops as they would today (guess that qualifies as "cover the body" and "proper footwear" requirements).

Mr. Anderson's quoted remark above bears noting.

I can recall meeting Rogers EM Whitaker (E M Frimbo) aboard the pre-Amtrak "Broadway Limited"(early '67). I am now elder in age now as he was then. Trust me, you wouldn't see him in a Diner or Lounge wearing anything less than a suit and tie. You wouldn't see me in anything less than a jacket - back then or today.
  by lordsigma12345
 
One thing the summaries didn’t mention was that after saying he “appreciates that” he said something like “and I think we should invest in that on a few stellar routes.” Maybe that means it’ll stay on at least a couple western long distance routes. I’m guessing this alludes to the “experiential service level” they’ve hinted at in the 5 year plans.
  by mtuandrew
 
lordsigma12345 wrote: Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:08 pm One thing the summaries didn’t mention was that after saying he “appreciates that” he said something like “and I think we should invest in that on a few stellar routes.” Maybe that means it’ll stay on at least a couple western long distance routes. I’m guessing this alludes to the “experiential service level” they’ve hinted at in the 5 year plans.
Builder, Zephyr definitely; you could make a case for any of the others too, but I’d guess the Chief.
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