I think this is a great explanation.Here's my general thoughts on tipping on Amtrak:
Opinions vary wildly on what's an acceptable tip, although the most common figures I've seen range between $5-$10/night for quality service, up to about $20/night for exceptional service. That said, Amtrak staff are paid a standard wage (not a minimal "tipped wage" as is common in restaurants) so a gratuity should not be seen as an obligation, but rather a token of appreciation for quality service.
Many people also tip when using the dining car or having meals delivered to their room. In these cases, two common ways people tip is by doing a set tip for each meal (often $2 for breakfast, $3 for lunch, and $5 for dinner) or tipping as they would at a restaurant. If you have meals delivered to your room and wish to tip, you'd typically tip your SCA when they deliver the meal. That said, the dining car staff is also paid a standard wage, not a "tipped wage," and these should similarly be seen as a token of appreciation for quality service rather than an obligation.
With my first trip on Amtrak where I’ll spend nights on the train (CZ) what are the appropriate amounts to tip in the dining car and to the SCA if I’m in a roomette???
I always hand the tip when stepping off the train or in the hallway just prior to my stop.
In the Dining Car, I always tip the first meal, if a long trip. I found that the staff will remember and though they shouldn't, they have made sure those who tip are taken care of.
I’m wondering if anyone ever tipped or heard of someone tipping a Airline Stewardess / Flight Attendants for services while flying. I haven’t.
Agree with your historical/cultural tradition explanation for railroad, but air travel from nautical? Have you taken a cruise?People tip on trains because that's the historical/cultural tradition. Air travel came later, and has nautical roots instead of railroading roots, so the there's no tradition/culture of tipping there. But, there are those who will bring the flight attendants gifts such as chocolates in hopes of getting better service or comped alcohol on board.
I think the situation in cruises should be compared with what happens on rail cruises, maybe like Rocky Mountaineer and not on what happens on common carriers, The common carriers are more like coastal steamer and ferry services which provide transportation, and not an "experience".Agree with your historical/cultural tradition explanation for railroad, but air travel from nautical? Have you taken a cruise?
I have gotten in the habit tipping my SCA before my stop (before everyone is occupied with de-training).I always hand the tip when stepping off the train or in the hallway just prior to my stop.
I have not taken equivalent transportation trips on coastal steamers in the US such as there may be.
Agree with your historical/cultural tradition explanation for railroad, but air travel from nautical? Have you taken a cruise?