22.4.13

THE CASE FOR ENHANCED FIRST CLASS.

Travel and Trains asks which of the California Zephyr or Coast Starlight is the better train.

I've filed reports on an overnight Coast Starlight ride, and three days of the California Zephyr.

There are reasons to recommend both trains.  Only one, though, has the Pacific Parlour Car.
Imagine gazing out at that scenery from an overstuffed, swiveling armchair while sipping on a Bloody Mary prepared on order by the Parlour Car’s attendant!
The Parlour Cars are remodeled former Santa Fe lounge cars, originally intended as bar cars for the all-coach El Capitan.



But in those days, the railroads understood the idea of first class.  Amtrak, you can do better than those eighteen-seat token sections you call Business Class.

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