Amtrak restores 'Lake Shore' dining car

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NEW YORK — Amtrak will replace modified café cars on its Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited with "Heritage" dining cars, beginning with westbound train No. 49 today, Dec. 14. The cars, operating to and from New York, feature booth-style seating, large picture windows, and modern cooking equipment, and an expanded menu will result.

"Putting dining 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, the railroad's vice president of marketing and product development. The train has been without a formal dining car since September 2007 due to a shortage of the 1950s-vintage cars in a state of good repair.

The Heritage diners set to enter service are coming out of a refurbishment program. They represent the second upgrade the Lake Shore has seen this year: In March, Amtrak restored sleeping car service on the Boston section of the train, which splits off at Albany, N.Y. The Boston section will continue to offer tray meals for sleeping car passengers only in the lounge car.

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