Took the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles. The roomette was small and I expected that. Room for only one small piece of luggage, and a small closet to hang a few items in. The attendant was very friendly and helpful.
The Parlor car was old and did not exhibit the days of a bygone era. The brass was tarnished, windows not very clean and the swivel chairs did not reflect the original lounge chairs of the past. They were in my opinion very tacky.
Meals could be taken in the dinner or in the parlor car at one of the six tables.
Reservations needed to be made for either the parlor car or diner. Sleeping car passengers had the first choice. If one chooses the parlor car, the dinner menu limited to two entrees. The entree was served with a cold bun and a small salad, and two or three choices for dessert. The entrees were of course microwaved and the entrees certainly nothing to write home about. A pasta or lamb shank were the offerings. The pasta and the lamb shank were bland.
Breakfast offered about three choices. Juice, coffee, tea, and entree. Lunch a couple of selections, plus a beverage.
The last dinner service in the parlor was limited to one item, no cold bun or salad, and one dessert as they seem to have run out of food.
The first reservations for dinner in the diner were given to sleeping car passengers, then business class and finally coach. There was a larger selection of food available from the menu including a child's menu. The last dinner in the diner was filled reservations from sleeping car passengers so others were relegated to the cafe car which served pizza, hot dogs, and other junk food.
Most of the staff just did their job, some never smiled or said hello. The public address system was used by staff to communicate. This was annoying and should not be done. The staff should have cell phones to use instead.
All in all I am glad I tood the trip, but another Amtrak trip is not in my future.
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