Rode yesterday (7-6-13). Had a blast! My friend and I were in the MacNeill car. We had debated on going with first class because of the price, but it turned out to be a great decision. Our server was a very polite and rather attractive young man by the name of Nick (His blue eyes were extremely pretty) The scenery was great (could be a bit better with less trees) and Nick pointed out a few things and answered all of our questions.
The food was delicious. I had the salmon and my friend had the beef tips. I also had a Railroad Relaxer and it was lovely! Nick had to work extremely hard all day because the car was full and everyone wanted something pretty much all the time, but he was on top of everything and except for a slight delay here and there worked quickly and efficiently, and nobody seemed to have to wait long at all for anything they asked for.
The only complaints I had were very negligible, and one of which was not a fault of the company. The Conductor was polite but seemed a bit grumpy. Also a women in a couple sitting near us was grumpy and very snippy with Nick, even with him trying his best to make them happy.
In all it was a great experience. The food was great, the staff was polite and helpful, Nick was fabulous and made the trip, and the scenery was nice. It's a bit pricey considering the service rendered, but still worth doing more than once. If the prices were cheaper, we probably would have bought a t-shirt or jacket or some merchandise. Also some vintage decor like old railroad photos, maps, or artwork would be nice. STEAM ENGINES ARE NEEDED. Nick told us about the plans to bring them back to service and we look forward to seeing them. We'll be back! Bring your friends and family, and tip your server well!
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