The Silver Star’s Dining Car: Gone, But Not Forgotten.

February 1, 2016

By Jim Loomis, Trains & Travel with Jim Loomis

Well, it’s official: the dining car is gone from Amtrak’s Silver Star. Permanently. Is anyone actually surprised?Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

I  haven’t seen any public announcement yet, but the word started going out to Amtrak employees two days ago.

The official if cryptic notice originated in an email from Mark Murphy, Amtrak’s General Manager for Long Distance Services: “We are extending the Diner less Silver Star on an indefinite basis effective immediately.” That’s pretty clear, the missing hyphen notwithstanding.

Murphy is an affable, likable man. I had a chance to get to know him just a bit not quite a year ago when I sat next to him at the luncheon concluding NARP’s annual Spring meeting in Washington.

(During the meal, several of us offered comments and suggestions and Murphy had the same response each time. He’d smile and say, “I’ll have to look into that.” But what struck me at the time—and I remember very clearly—is that he never once took out a pen and notebook to jot down a reminder.)

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