My husband and I had a wonderful experience on the Coast Starlight. I'm looking for a place to give my review.Does anyone have any positive comments about their Amtrak experience? This forum seems to have many negative and/or cynical comments. I'm hoping that someone actually likes Amtrak.
And what was riding in coach like in the 1950s? Everybody may have been riding the train, but most of them were riding coach.As one who did travel in the 1950s onward and my parents of course also through the 1920s-40s, I can say the black & white movies are accurate. Everybody went by train and first-class was excellent.
I agree 100 %! Lorraine P.My positives:
-Friendly and very caring staff
Of course, when you've been riding Amtrak for a long time, you already know all the positives (as do most people on the forum) so negatives are the ones that come out. And most of us still do travel by train because in the end we do enjoy the experience, if we didn't we wouldn't have any negatives to talk about.
here's the place ...My husband and I had a wonderful experience on the Coast Starlight. I'm looking for a place to give my review.
Lorraine P., Oregon
Funny, I thought of that book immediately when I read the post about abominable pre-Amtrak service. I don't think some of the railroads were ethical in the way they sought to end passenger service, but I sympathize with their plight.If you can find the Book To Hell in a Day Coach you will read about some of the abominable service people experienced in the pre-Amtrak era. It's an eye-opener. There probably were a few bright spots but railroads were losing so much money on passenger service that some were trying to do anything to drive customers away. That way they could go to the ICC and make the case for abandoning passenger service. Incidentally, the book I cited was published in 1968.
I survived that era. The saddest part was the frustration of employees who wanted to do a good job. Some managed to sabotage top management's schemes by doing a great job (Durango & Silverton narrow gauge, SP Del Monte, SP Commute for example). Others suffered until they could retire or find other jobs.Funny, I thought of that book immediately when I read the post about abominable pre-Amtrak service. I don't think some of the railroads were ethical in the way they sought to end passenger service, but I sympathize with their plight.
I travel on the Silvers a couple of times a year. I take roomettes. The attendants are generally helpful and sometimes flat wonderful. People grumble about Flex food but it's okay--certainly at least as good as food in the small town where I live. During the pandemic attendants were quick to take orders and deliver meals. My roomettes have been clean and neat. Lights work. Heat and air work. My complaint is with track condition north of Savannah--which is mostly about CSX freight beating up the railbed. Train beats air travel unless you are in a huge rush.I have seen to many negative comments on here about about this is dirty this is not clean. Let’s post positive feedback. Recently took the Empire Builder from Seattle to Chicago. Train was 50 hours after the delays. All delays were on BNSF !!! Now since we were on for an extra dinner which was supplied by Amtrak. Best Employees ever. Donna in Car 831 always had a smile on her face no matter the Delays. Jerze in Dining Car. Always willing to do anything. So let’s think about the good not bad. Shout outs for Good not Bad. Thank you. Donna and Jerze I will be back. Jim
I was in the Army traveling between Washington, DC and Providence. Returning the train was almost always late; this was a train that started in Boston and was late getting into Providence. Occasionally I could find a seat but usually I rode standing in the aisle as far as New Haven where enough people would get off so I could find a seat. Usually I would take a Pennsy train to NYP and then take a subway to GCT to get the New Haven train; usually going to Providence I would find a seat. Everything was dirty although in those days I didn't notice it. But I made it a point to use the rest rooms in the station which were less dirty. The trip was somewhat longer--maybe half an hour longer--than the Regional I ride today. Of course there was always a 20 minute layover at New Haven to change engines between electrical (southbound) and diesel (northbound).How was it before Amtrak took over?
It very much depended on the railroad. Some railroads downsized where they could but kept high standards on trains that remained. Santa Fe is the foremost example of this, but others include Union Pacific, Seaboard Coast Line, Burlington, GN, NP (BN didn't really exist long enough to establish an independent track record). Southern kept standards up where they weren't trying to set a Brosnan Trap, truncating trains at tiny towns just short of a state line.How was it before Amtrak took over?