Amtrak may have issued its own menus before this one, which is dated April, 1972. But it seems likely that it depended on the menu stock it inherited from the private railroads for many months. When it did make its own menus, as illustrated by this cover, they were distressingly dull, the pointless arrow hinting at Amtrak’s lack of creativity.
The menu itself is just as boring, offering a few soups, five trite sandwiches, and five meals with entrées ranging from a mushroom omelete to a Salisbury steak. Those with a sweet tooth would be glad to know there were eight desserts, but three were just variations of apple pie. The back of the menu, a huge piece of real estate that could have advertised Amtrak trains or destinations, is instead completely blank.