Established 1994

Pittsburgh Garden Railway Society
C/O Ann Celento
312 Hawthorne Street
Canonsburg PA, 15317

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The dining car

contributed by  Keith Baggus

The 1940s and 1950s were the golden age of train travel and also the pinnacle of railroad dining car operations. For many passengers, the ambiance of the dining car was the reason they rode the train. The following recipe is one from that golden age.


Golden Dollar French Toast, served on Missouri Pacific's Texas Eagle.

Note: Do not use pre-sliced bread. Cut slices -inch thick from a whole loaf of bread.

4 slices white bread
3 eggs
cup cream (half and half can be substituted)
4 drops vanilla
Powdered sugar
3-4 thin orange slices
4-5 strawberries

1. Stir eggs, cream, and vanilla together in a bowl. Mix well.
2. Dip bread slices in the mixture.
3. Add shortening to the frying pan. When hot, fry bread slices until evenly toasted to a light brown.
4. Sprinkle toast with powdered sugar.
5. Garnish with orange slices.
6. Arrange strawberries at rim of plate. (A tasty variation is to use frozen strawberries that are thawed then spooned onto the toast.)