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Good recall, Bob. My date was based on the timetable date. Sounds like Southern added food service before May 1974, but maybe not much before - I have a feeling they tried to get by with no food service for a while and someone called them on it. In fact, I’d like to know why the Crescent
-series car was used at all. Seems to me that one of the 950-series cars would have been more appropriate.
On Mar 16, 2021, at 15:45, Robert W. Grabarek, Jr. <grabarek@...
The starting date of the operation of what Southern termed a "Bar Food Car" between Atlanta and Birmingham on the four days per week that trains 1 and 2 terminated and originated in Birmingham deserves a little research. I rode train 1 from Atlanta to Birmingham on March 23, 1974, and the food car was the "Crescent Harbor." (By virtue of my employee pass, I occupied the master room.) I returned to Atlanta on the same day, and the bar food car was coach-lounge 950. This car was detached at Atlanta. My recollection is that a "Crescent" series car was used for one round trip per week on the Birmingham days while a 950-series coach lounge was used for three.
From: Bill Schafer
Sent: Mar 16, 2021 10:46 AM
Subject: [SouthernRailway] Dining Car Crew Cycles
This is in reply to Steve Ellis's follow-up question about dining car crew bases other than Atlanta. I'm starting a new thread.
The November 20, 1970 timetable is the first that shows the Southern Crescent cut back to tri-weekly between Birmingham and New Orleans, so your trip on a daily Southern Crescent to New Orleans would have been one of the last (as opposed to a tri-weekly Southern Crescent). The daily service Atlanta-Bham continued into the Amtrak era, when it went to tri-weekly effective with the June 1, 1975 timetable. In the post-Amtrak period, the dining car didn’t operate beyond Atlanta; in fact, there was no food service Atlanta-Bham until May 1974, when SOU started offering food/beverage service in a “bar food car”, which photographic evidence suggests was one of the Crescent series sleeper-tavern-lounges.