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It's been on a downward trajectory for decades but since out-sourcing and the move away from real trains to ICR buses on rails,,,but if this news item is correct: https://www.msn.com/en-ie/travel/news/i ... 475d960be9 it's the end.
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Well while I'm sorry for the staff, I'm not surprised.
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The blanket alcohol ban on trains is ridiculous.

There’s nothing like a Friday pint in the Galway Hooker and then getting a couple of carry outs for the train - we’ve lost a lot of simple pleasures the last couple of years, I don’t see why they can’t restrict it to the dodgy trains like they did pre-Covid.
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Have to say though, Plane Seeking, that the reek of burped Heineken and a rushed fag off your traveling companion on a crowded train ranks pretty highly in my least favourite experiences 🤢
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"Disappointed and not surprised"
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Ah for the good old days in the 1970s,,,expensive but at least the option was available.

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I wonder if any of these railway refreshment rooms will be reopening under Barry Kenny's master plan? :mrgreen:

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https://irishrailways.blogspot.com/2009 ... ravel.html

From my "Irish Railways Now" blog - March 9th, 2009.

The blog is currently private for legal reasons.

Recent postings on the Rail Users Ireland message board triggered me off on another of my pet hates - CIE's rail catering or the lack of it. As long as I have been using trains - just over four decades - this has been a disaster. Sky high prices, poor quality food, badly motivated staff (remember all the sackings amongst catering crews caught fiddling the books in the 1980s) and now the dire outsourcing to Rail Gourmet.

For as long as I can remember passengers have resorted to bringing their own food with them which is surely an indictment of the service provided. CIE/Irish Rail have never seen the marketing possibilities of offering rail travel with cheap/cost price meals. Better still a rail ticket with your meal thrown in FREE - see the Norfolk Line advertisement here.


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Of course Norfolk line is not in receipt of gigantic subsidies from the Irish taxpayer! Instead CIE/IE resorted to charging fewer and fewer passengers more and more for the meals on offer. Now the limited number of trains still offering full meal services no longer have proper distinctive dining cars - the rot set in here when the awful 'MacDonalds' type seating was removed from the MkIII dining cars and replaced with seating identical to the rest of the carriages. If they get away with it full dining facilities, even for 1st class passengers, will soon dispensed with to be replaced with the overpriced trolley service. This service will also be discontinued eventually - as night follows day! I will return to this subject shortly but for now I would welcome comments.

My predictions have come true faster than I had expected...
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A picture paints 1000 words... :mrgreen:

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Below, Irish Rail's most recent catering and even this joke of a service may not return until well into 2023.

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The trolley is back on Enterprise services going North - but bugger all for us culchies coming back down from the schmoke.
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PlaneSpeeking wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 3:36 pm The trolley is back on Enterprise services going North - but bugger all for us culchies coming back down from the schmoke.
Different operator on the Enterprise. Rail Gourmet, or whatever they were called, were unable to keep their end of the contract up as Covid restrictions lifted. Anyway, the trolley service is a very poor substitute for proper dining cars and, indeed, proper trains. The catering should never have been outsourced but with the majority of trains on CIE/IE now operated by glorified sardine cans ......
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Del.Monte wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 3:59 pm Different operator on the Enterprise. Rail Gourmet, or whatever they were called, were unable to keep their end of the contract up as Covid restrictions lifted. Anyway, the trolley service is a very poor substitute for proper dining cars and, indeed, proper trains. The catering should never have been outsourced but with the majority of trains on CIE/IE now operated by glorified sardine cans ......
100% agreed! How they have the brass neck to sell “first class” is beyond me!!
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