A lot of this, the more I think about it, seems to be EVERY service provider (with the possible exception of the super high end ones, for folks far richer than I am) is reducing the service/amenities/quality as much as they can, until they start to see massive customer declines, and then maybe improve it a little bit. The future is just going to be "the bare minimum that's acceptable." I assume the eastern leg of the Eagle will never have proper meals again. That's sad and unfortunate but obviously Amtrak has decided it's acceptable. (And anyway:if one were to fly from, say, Dallas to Chicago, I doubt one would get a snack and beverage).