So I had a "Cold Meal Ambox" for Breakfast the other day at Toledo Union Station....

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So I had a "Cold Meal Ambox" for Breakfast the other day at Toledo Union Station....
Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 1:30 AM

It had Banana Bread and Fresh Fruit Salad and Coffee in a Bio Degradble bamboo box. There were a bunch of them that got tossed off the Capital Limited. Not bad not bad at all. However if they would just let me use there Microwave on the train and had Microwaves at the station I could do better having my own TV dinners.

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Posted by Enzoamps on Friday, July 06, 2018 8:31 PM

I can just imagine as 80 passengers all line up to use a train microwave.

Did teh station SUbway sandwich shop close?

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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, July 07, 2018 8:30 AM

Enzoamps

I can just imagine as 80 passengers all line up to use a train microwave.

Did teh station SUbway sandwich shop close?

Did you ever watch how Firehouse Subs preps a sub sandwich?    No microwave, no grill, they take pre-frozen sandwich meat and vegetables and steam them in steamers until heated throughly.......then apply the condiments.   Rather ingenious method that also saves the chain employee insurance and power costs.

There are other ways to cook and cook fast than a power intensive Microwave.     Why doesn't Amtrak management realize this or experiment here?    Who knows.

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Posted by Enzoamps on Saturday, July 07, 2018 9:12 PM

There is a SUbway restaurant inside the Toledo terminal.  They make up their sandwiches from fresh vegetables and sliced meats and cheeses, no microwave.  I wondred if that operation had folded or not.

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Posted by PJS1 on Saturday, July 07, 2018 9:31 PM

CMStPnP
 Why doesn't Amtrak management realize this or experiment here? 

Amtrak management oversees an organization that has little if any direct competition.  So, where is the imperative to get off their individual and collective butts and grab innovatation by the horns?

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Monday, July 09, 2018 7:09 AM

CMStPnP
 
Enzoamps

I can just imagine as 80 passengers all line up to use a train microwave.

Did teh station SUbway sandwich shop close?

 

Did you ever watch how Firehouse Subs preps a sub sandwich?    No microwave, no grill, they take pre-frozen sandwich meat and vegetables and steam them in steamers until heated throughly.......then apply the condiments.   Rather ingenious method that also saves the chain employee insurance and power costs.

There are other ways to cook and cook fast than a power intensive Microwave.     Why doesn't Amtrak management realize this or experiment here?    Who knows.

 
While I will concede that a microwave oven is energy-intensive, steaming the food presents its own limitations.  Water supply on a dining car is finite and limited so what happens when the water for the steamer runs out?
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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Monday, July 09, 2018 11:24 AM

Still there and doing quite well with with both Amtrak and Greyhound passengers and open 24hrs for the most part.

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, July 09, 2018 1:38 PM

CSSHEGEWISCH
 
CMStPnP
 
Enzoamps

I can just imagine as 80 passengers all line up to use a train microwave.

Did teh station SUbway sandwich shop close? 

Did you ever watch how Firehouse Subs preps a sub sandwich?    No microwave, no grill, they take pre-frozen sandwich meat and vegetables and steam them in steamers until heated throughly.......then apply the condiments.   Rather ingenious method that also saves the chain employee insurance and power costs.

There are other ways to cook and cook fast than a power intensive Microwave.     Why doesn't Amtrak management realize this or experiment here?    Who knows. 

While I will concede that a microwave oven is energy-intensive, steaming the food presents its own limitations.  Water supply on a dining car is finite and limited so what happens when the water for the steamer runs out?

And HEP is used on trains today, not steam heat.  Resistance heating of water would probably use more HEP capacity than any other single activity.

         

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Posted by ROBIN LUETHE on Monday, July 09, 2018 6:45 PM

Actually microwaves are energy efficient. The MWs, in a proper container, all go into the food. 

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