But my optimism didn't last long, as I was informed there would be a limited lounge car
service due to staff levels, and it was advisable to eat and drink prior to my journey.
Avoid the entry-level model and equipment is decent, with our Lounge car
getting 15-inch alloy wheels, a wealth of chrome body trim, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, cruise control and digital radio as well as the touchscreen interface.
The downside is the buzzer goes off in the lounge car
, not just in the galley but the length of the carriage and as the train fills up before departure the insistent buzzing becomes incessant.
Breathe in the fresh air from the observation deck before gathering in the lounge car
for a drink in the evening.
Enhancements to the current service include a new booking system making it possible to book up to 12 months in advance, a series of new menus offering a taste of Scotland in the on-board lounge car
and the introduction of guest lounges for select stations.
The Cafe at the lower level of the Sightseer Lounge Car
was almost always empty, save for the lady manning it, feeding my need for solitude.
Sofas in the train's lounge car
were made of bentwood, employing a technique that involved bending wood while combined with steam.
You can get up and walk around, including to a lounge car
with wraparound glass and, for now, to the dining car for a meal with real food.
While the rest of the Wine Train's collection of 100 year old railcars are undergoing restoration, the Champagne Vista Dome, Grappa Power Car, a Lounge Car
and the rarely experienced Deli Car will be connected to form the exclusive Vista Dome Premier.
And while the 500 could never be described as fast, this one takes nearly 13 seconds to get from 0-62mph and doesn't even do 100mph, the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine in my mid-range Lounge car
proved quite perky on the move.
Loft Lounge Car
Park, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5pm Oyster Opera Visitors to Southside will be serenaded by opera singers as members of Oyster Opera break into song just about anywhere.