Established 1994

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

August 2014 Newsletter

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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.


Potato Pancakes, served on Chicago & North Western's Dakota 400.

2 cups coarsely shredded raw potatoes
1 small onion, grated
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 tsp salt

1. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients except the oil. Stir with a fork.
2. Preheat a skillet until a drop of water sizzles. Spread 2 tablespoons of oil over bottom of skillet.
3. Using a spatula, flatten the pancakes into 4-inch circles. Cook until brown and crisp on underside. Turn and cook until other side is brown and crisp. Note: Make a few pancakes a time.
4. Drain on paper towels and place on warm platter to keep heated while preparing more pancakes. Add more oil as needed.
5. Serve pancakes with applesauce.