Logan Pass Dinner Menu

This pretty menu is undated, but the cover brags that the dining and observation cars on the Empire Builder are air conditioned, which dates the menu to 1934. By 1935, Great Northern had air conditioned the entire train.

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The menu features full dinners for 50 cents to $1.25 (about $9 to $22 in today’s dollars). EntrĂ©es include “various” fish, sirloin steak, fried chicken, roast lamb, and more. The best deal is the full sirloin steak dinner, which is just 25 cents more than the a la carte sirloin steak.


Logan Pass Dinner Menu — 1 Comment

  1. What an interesting menu. That’s about the most varied dinner selections I’ve seen for being in depths of the Depression. Most railroads cut back on the entrees to reduce cost but the GN seems to have held to pre-Depression variety. You’re right about the sirloin being a great deal when you look at everything you got for an extra quarter,

    The liquor regulations are something I haven’t see before. Minnesota seems to be the only state that allowed hard liquor after prohibition ended. You could get beer and wine in Washington but that was it. The beer selection was limited to one item called “beer”. No brand names at all. The Empire Builder didn’t spend a lot of time in Minnesota, but I guess the booze sales were profitable even for that short distance. Even though you could get the hard stuff in Minnesota you couldn’t get cigarettes, apparently the only state on the line that regulated sale of cigarettes although it lookes like cigars were legal everywhere.

    I haven’t seen a menu list what the GN calls “time signals”, or the time zones the train passes through. That’s the kind of thing that’s usually in one of the passenger milepost pamphlets. I wonder why this was on the menu?

    Regards, Jim

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