UP Post-Amtrak Menus

After turning passenger service over to Amtrak, most railroads continued to print fancy menus for board of directors meetings and other special trains. Here are two Union Pacific menus from the 1970s.

Click image to download a 1.2-MB PDF of this menu.

The first menu was used during Spokane’s Expo ’74. To make room for that fair, and to improve both rail and highway flows through the city, UP and BN cooperated with the city of Spokane to reroute rail lines in the city. The former Great Northern station on Havermale Island in the Spokane River was torn down (except for the clock tower) and all GN and UP tracks through the center of town were moved. Only the former NP station remains today. The cover of this menu is the same, only in black-and-yellow, as was used on a special 1971 menu.

Click image to download a 1.1-MB PDF of this menu.

This menu was used for a dinner during an unspecified event in Salt Lake City in May, 1979. The cover, though dramatic, is almost certainly altered, as the photographer would have to use a really long telephoto lens to make the moon that big and, if moonlight were the only lighting, it would be on the other side of the train.

Both menus feature broiled chateaubriand steak, which was probably an upgrade from the charcoal-broiled sirloin steak advertised on most Union Pacific dinner menus we have seen. What diners at these events gained in gourmet food, they lost in variety as the steaks were the only entrĂ©es offered on the menus, making them less a menu than an announcement of “here’s what you’re going to get.”

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