Is dinner served in the dining car of the Southwest Chief after it leaves Los Angeles going eastbound at 6:15 pm? I'm asking because usually dinner service starts earlier on Amtrak trains.

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A quick Google search finds numerous reports of dinner being served after leaving LA.

http://trainweb.org/carl/Flagstaff2010/ :

Hakto told us that our dinner reservation was for 7:45 pm, so we settled into our room.

http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/index.php?/topic/29285-southwest-chief-los-angeles-to-chicago/ :

Out of LA we rolled right on time to watch the darkening skies of twilight, and we were enjoying dinner somewhere before San Bernardino. Specials were Chicken Enchiladas, Stuffed Shells, and Trout.

http://trainweb.org/carl/TrainsToPlanes/Going.html :

Where I Dined: Tuesday dinner through Thursday breakfast Amtrak Southwest Chief Diner (meals included in accommodation price): Tuesday Dinner: 8 pm Trout w/vegetables, roll, salad, and dessert. A 1/2 bottle of Pinot Gris ($13).

http://www.mattatouille.com/2010/07/southwest-chief-dining-car-from-la.html :

The daily Southwest Chief leaves at 6:55PM [...] Since I wanted to feel a bit like James Bond in Casino Royale (minus the incredibly attractive Eva Green/Vesper Lund), I decided to splurge at the Dining Car, which features classic American dishes in a sensibly appointed rail car.

  • Thank you! I tried searching before posting the question but apparently wasn't using the right phrase. I plan to reserve a roomette for my trip to Flagstaff, but I wanted to make sure it included dinner as that could represent almost 20% of the accommodation charge.
    – tcrosley
    Commented Mar 18, 2012 at 19:23

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