Saturday, April 16, 2011

Last Call?

Frequent commuters get to know the rules and procedures (some unwritten) better than "newbie" employees on the train.Here are a few of them:

1.Commuters  in the cafe car  should buy the products, and tip the LSA well.
2. Don't bring your own food or drinks.
3. LSA should reciprocate with "free refills" on coffee - even  if it that's not written in the Amtrak handbook.
4. As you head up to LA in the morning , somewhere around Del Mar,  call in the order for drinks and food required for the ride back to San Diego that evening.
          Hint: Fridays and holidays sell more.

The photo to the left is the cooler on the 784 just north of Solana Beach, on  Friday April 15 at 7pm.  I was alerted to this sad condition when I heard the odd announcement on the PA of "Last Call".

Last Call? WTF? Last call should be reserved for 2AM at your local bar. The riders on this train had 37 minutes left to go.

Newbies - reach out to us. We'll be happy to help We don't want to resort to breaking rule #2.

PS: Do they put up with this on the Acela? More about that in future posts....


  1. On the Amtrak website I noticed the 592 doesn't have a "snack car" icon next to it. Does it at least have an attendant with snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non)?

    Thinking of taking it on Friday night from LA to SD. No food or drink would make me reconsider.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Sometimes Amtrak reality and Amtrak marketing (picture the lady with the wine glass gazing at the surf) are in strict contrast.