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Palmer, MA Hotspot needs updating
Posted by VINCENT COLOMBO on Sunday, November 23, 2014 7:08 AM

The Palmer, MA hotspot should be updated. I believe this was posted in July 2006. Some of the information is incorrect now in 2014, like the antique shop is now the Steaming Tender Restraunt, and it reads that "...any six-axle power in Conrail or CSX paint may head CSX trains." Times have definitley changed! Big Smile Palmer is in Trains' Hot Spots Guidebook with more updated information. Palmer can be added to the "Hot Spots Reader Gallery." I have a good amount of photos on my Flickr account that can be used for either site along with some videos in Palmer on my YouTube account. 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, November 23, 2014 6:52 PM

Say, just how is "The Steaming Tender" restaurant nowadays?  Lady Firestorm and I ate there, oh, I think around 2008 when we went to the Brimfield antiques show.  The food and service were excellent.

THEN, about two years later we were back for another Brimfield show, went to the "Steaming Tender" again and this time the food was mediocre and the service was a disorganized mess.  Are they back to their original high standards?  That second visit was a huge disappointment, to say the least.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 7:46 PM

Doesn't ANYBODY know?

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Posted by VINCENT COLOMBO on Thursday, December 11, 2014 8:14 PM

I don't eat there much, but I have a few times recently. My first meal there was in 2011, which was the breakfast buffet for $9.99. It was real good! Lots of variety. The lunch and supper/dinner meals aren't bad, they could be better along with the service, but it is always good to support the station to keep the restaraunt and railfanning hotspot open. I've only eaten there 4-5 times, so I can't give a "full" review on it. 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:13 AM

Thanks for response Vince!  Sounds like there's been a definate improvement since we were last there.  The service we had at our last visit, which was prior to your first in 2011 was absoutely abysmal.  The wife, Lady Firestorm, is a former waitress herself and has little to no patience for incompetant restaurant service. Lady Firestorm indeed!  She was in rare form that night!  Her withering glare at the hostess who was supposed to be seating guests but was yakking on her cell phone was a sight to see!  Practically melted the woman into the floor!

But she got the message, in spades!

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Posted by VINCENT COLOMBO on Saturday, December 13, 2014 4:22 PM

Well, I think it would be worth another try!  Big Smile

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, December 13, 2014 4:47 PM

Another try of the "Icy Glare of Death"?  Or another try of the "Steaming Tender?"

One day we'll be back up that way for the Brimfield show, so we've got to know!

By the way, last time we were there Palmer had a classic old diner in the center of town that was open as a breakfast-to-lunch eatery.  How's that place, it looked pretty good, but we always missed it's open hours.  I believe it was called "The Night Owl."

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Posted by VINCENT COLOMBO on Sunday, December 14, 2014 7:39 AM

I've never heard of it or eaten there.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, December 14, 2014 9:04 AM

Thanks for the response Vince!  Maybe we'll run into each other one day!

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Posted by VINCENT COLOMBO on Sunday, December 14, 2014 11:08 AM

No problem! I'll probably be at the table across from you! lol

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Posted by dmoore74 on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:05 AM

Firelock76

Another try of the "Icy Glare of Death"?  Or another try of the "Steaming Tender?"

One day we'll be back up that way for the Brimfield show, so we've got to know!

By the way, last time we were there Palmer had a classic old diner in the center of town that was open as a breakfast-to-lunch eatery.  How's that place, it looked pretty good, but we always missed it's open hours.  I believe it was called "The Night Owl."

 

It is actually the Day & Night Diner at 1456 Main Street in Palmer.  If you time your visit right you can also visit Palmer Hobbies at 1428 Main St.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 6:28 PM

The "Day and Night"!  THAT'S what it was!  AND a hobby shop down the street as well! All the more reason to go back.

Lady Firestorm and I are both hard-core diner fans and typically won't pass up a chance to try any one we see, especially an old classic that the years have been kind to.  Unfortunately as I said, we just couldn't make the "Day and Night."

Thank you dmoore74!

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Posted by Wizlish on Friday, December 19, 2014 9:21 PM

Firelock76
The "Day and Night"! THAT'S what it was!

And they have a Web site.

There is a railroad.com thread on Palmer Hobbies here.   This contains quite a bit of interesting information about the area...

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:00 PM

Yep, that's it all right, just like we saw, a 1941 Worcester.

Thanks for the link Wizlish!  You may find this interesting as well.

www.roadsideonline.com

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Posted by Wizlish on Sunday, December 21, 2014 5:48 PM

Firelock76

Yep, that's it all right, just like we saw, a 1941 Worcester.

Just in case anyone doesn't appreciate what that is, here is a slightly different version of your link.

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