The car has advantages -- including that one can poke around at railroad sites along the way, at least to the extent one's family will tolerate it. But If it's a trip of more than 2-4 hours, I really do get weary of being behind the wheel. The train by comparison was a pleasure. And it's not that I'm looking for white-tablecloth service, though I wouldn't object to that. The dining service Amtrak was offering prior to 2018 was perfectly adequate, and occasionally, especially 5-15 years ago, inspired. What they're offering now is just an insult.Na, the robotic management team... they just don't care. You know... it's the government bureaucracy.
And like you, part of the fun of the travel were those meals... railroad french toast drowning in butter and syrup for breakfast, delicious angus burgers at lunch, and a steak dinner... while watching the world fly by. What? the price hasn't gone down? Not in anyway desperate to take the train. Bring back quality, customer respect/appreciation, and delicious food or I'm gone. Maybe its time to focus on car trip vacations allowing freedom and control when traveling.
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