Amtrak Restores Dining Car Service on Lake Shore Limited Trains

CHICAGO — To meet passenger demand for a higher level of food service, Amtrak said it is restoring dining car service to its long-distance Lake Shore Limited route that operates from New York and Boston to Chicago.

The dining car service began Dec. 14 with Train 49, originating from New York. It provides an improved culinary experience for passengers with enhanced ambience and comfort, including trained chefs who will prepare freshly made meals. In addition, the 1950s era dining cars have been refurbished to meet current safety and operating standards and feature booth style seating, large picture windows and modern cooking equipment.

“Putting diner cars back on the Lake Shore Limited has been a priority for Amtrak and is one of the ways we are improving this service for our passengers,” said Emmett Fremaux, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, adding that sleeping car service was restored between Boston and Chicago in March 2009.

Due to a shortage of available dining cars to operate the service, modified Café Cars have operated on Lake Shore Limited since September 2007, as Amtrak worked to refurbish the Heritage Dining Cars.