. . . (dear God, not the "great bathroom debate" again)...
And I'm afraid those debates will become more frequent as those who feel the need to bathe twice a day, who've never lived outside the city, taken a whiz in the woods or used an outhouse become a greater and greater portion of the population.
Exactly right. I look at US passenger rail travel as being somewhat like wilderness backpacking, which I also do. I like both, and I'm quite serious about this.
You need to be flexible, adventurous, and open to all the good things and bad things that can happen during either journey. Most of the time, you will look back fondly on the experience even if at the moment you aren't a happy camper when things don't go your way.
I know, one is almost free and one costs a lot of money--but the concepts I just stated still apply. Or, you can whine. It's a choice many make. So long as it's not a life-threatening issue, I'll choose to go with the flow.
(Ducking . . .)
Skyline, I enjoyed reading your comment -- because I enjoy receiving different perspectives from different folks -- but my take on the whole experience is just the opposite.
Especially when you factor in a bedroom (or roomette), given (1) the cost involved and (2) Amtrak's overstating of the experience. When I pay 5 C's to 1 large for a single night's accommodation--even if it is moving--I don't look back fondly on being unhappy with poor or surly service, lack of comfort, problems with housekeeping (cleanliness), lack of amenities, broken lights, rattling doors, off and on heating, and whatever can (and often does) go wrong on Amtrak.
Grin and bear it, ok, but look back fondly? I don't think so.
I see your point. And when I've been on trains with no heat in the winter or no AC in the summer desert, or that were a half-day late, or with no operable diner so hard boiled eggs were brought on board for breakfast, bustitutions, etc. etc. it was miserable.
But years later, the camaraderie that broke out spontaneously on such trips were catalysts for friendships that endure today. We do actually recount these war stories within our circle of friends on board for the "fun," and with others, with a measure of fondness. The fact that we paid for these experiences is never mentioned. YMMV.
Thankfully, most of my Amtrak experiences -- starting in 1976 -- have not been that extremely bad. A few have been very good, however -- and most have been at least satisfactory. I find a positive attitude, starting with "The Journey Is The Destination, make the most of it," goes a long way. Again, YMMV.