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Not that there was a chance of going hungry. The NYC-3 still had a full dining room and kitchen that were in continual use. Since it was our first trip, everyone insisted we sit on the side of the table facing the window featuring a full view of the Hudson River. Lunch consisted of homemade New England clam chowder, antipasto salad, fresh bread and strawberry shortcake, as well as plenty of conversation. We also learned the most important rule of dining on a train: hold your fork in one hand and keep the other hand close to your wine glass so that it doesn't tip over.
The pool was to be the first of many wet touches to the day, which included a trip aboard the famed Maid of the Mist boat, a Niagara staple since 1846. The rest of the day was spent exploring the roaring rapids of the Great Gorge; touring the charming town of Niagara-on-the- Lake, where shopping is the main order of the day, judging by a variety of specialty shops, bakeries and chocolatiers; enjoying a steak dinner at the Minolta Tower overlooking the falls from the Canadian side; donning plastic yellow throwaways for the Journey Behind the Falls (the Horseshoe Falls, also in Canada); and ending the day with the nightly illumination of the falls and a fireworks display.
1) Newsday Photo / Daniel Bubbeo - Diners relax aboard the New York Central-3 vintage train from Penn Station to Niagara Falls. 2) Newsday File Photo / Tony Jerome - Right, a view of the American Falls from Niagara Falls, Canada. 3) Photo by Jack Norris Jr. -The NYC-3 car and Epicurus dining car.