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Richard Talmy, Parlour Car Attendant

"The Most Unforgettable Character"

By:  Carl Morrison,


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Since each lecture and wine tasting was standing room only in the 40-seat Parlour Car, I felt I knew what the passengers in the sleeping cars felt about Richard's commentaries and wine tasting expertise.  So, I felt confident when I asked some passengers to give me a quote about their Parlour Car experience, that it would be positive.  Check it out:

Bob and Becky Graham, traveling with Bob's mother, Jean, said:

Our trip was nicely colored by Richard's wine talk which gave clarity to the leg, and allowed us to appreciate the bouquet with the buzz.

(I think Bob and Becky will be replacing me as a reporter for TrainWeb with such eloquence!)

Eileen, from Bellingham, WA, appreciated Richard's knowledge of wines, buying a few bottles as gifts, being a generation behind me, simply said,

He's a Hoot!

Waiter Steve said, when he overheard us at dinner discussing how well Richard does his job said:

That guy is the best, I've known him for over 20 years!

I had dinner with Cecil and his wife, from Reno, and he said of Richard:

He is interesting!

I asked what he meant by "interesting" and he said that he was born in California and had been to Shasta many times, but didn't know all the information that Richard imparted.

Yours truly:

I learned so much from Richard on this trip that I feel I have taken a couple of college courses!  He is so informative, both in his commentaries of the sights we pass, and during the two wine tasting sessions per trip.

Richard came highly recommended, but I had no idea it would be this enjoyable traveling with him as our Parlour Car Attendant on the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle.

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