2017 Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Guest Speaker

Food & Beverage and Dining Car Team
Coast Starlight & Southwest Chief Trains
Amtrak – National Railroad Passenger Corporation

Speaking about:
Amtrak's Coast Starlight and Southwest Chief Passenger Trains and Recent Service Upgrades

Operation of many intercity passenger trains were transferred to Amtrak management in 1971, while other passenger trains operated by the traditional railroads were discontinued.

Amtrak continued Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway's Los Angeles to Chicago passenger service, created the Southwest Chief route name, and modified its rail route.

To connect major west coast metropolitan areas, Amtrak combined three routes inherited by two railroads, modified the rail route, and created the Coast Starlight route name. Before Amtrak, Southern Pacific operated a daytime Coast Daylight train between Los Angeles and San Francisco, an overnight Cascade train on the Shasta route between Oakland and Portland, and Burlington Northern operated passenger trains between Portland and Seattle.

Both trains began transporting passengers on bi-level Superliner cars in the early 1980s. In the 1990s, several surviving Budd Hi-Level lounge cars built for Santa Fe Railway's El Capitan train were refurbished to become the Pacific Parlour cars. These cars are assigned exclusively to the Coast Starlight trains for first class passengers.

In recent years, Eric Smith became route director for these two trains. His collaboration with trains' onboard service crews have successfully initiated Business Class service, and meal service delivered to coach passengers at their seat. Many of Eric's oil paintings of historic trains décor Amtrak's Metropolitan Lounge in Los Angeles. He was at the fairgrounds as Metrolink's liaison when U.P. Big Boy No. 4014 departed Pomona. He has also been part of Santa Fe No. 3751 local excursions.

Eric Smith will be out of town on railroad business, and a few of his top dining car and food & beverage team members will speak to us and answer your questions. Wonder what it's like to cook diner on the train and keep all the food balanced on the next curve?

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Pomona Valley Mining Company Restaurant
1777 Gillette Rd
Pomona, California

Interstate 10 Freeway, at Dudley St, Exit #44

If weather permits, RailGiants Train Museum (five minute drive from Pomona Valley Mining Co.) will be open for a reception after the meeting’s conclusion.

Union Pacific locomotive No. 9000 will be there.

Obviously, Union Pacific 4-12-2 steam locomotive No. 9000 was never part of an Amtrak passenger train's consist. Eric was one of the scene actors shown above at RailGiants' 2016 Night Photo Shoot last summer.

Photo by Steve Crise
Buffet Menu
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Baked Salmon, with Lemon Butter Sauce
  • Garden Green Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Dill Cucumber Salad
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Red Rose Potatoes
  • Sourdough Rolls, with Butter
  • Assorted Desserts
  • Water, Coffee, Tea
  • Cash Bar in restaurant
$25 per person

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