I don't understand you people .
You call yours selves passenger train fans !!! ???
You get into snit over some things.
I'm not happy with some of Amtrak's meal changes, hope fully these will be reversed .
Go fly on your jets! I will drive or take the train.
The only way I fly is if I'm going across the "pond".
All I see on these chat groups is "bitching and whining and putting people down"
That is why I usually can't be bothered to join in the chats anymore !!!
Personally, I'd like to see you remain and join in the chats. Differing are needed. After all, not everyone here is a passenger train fan. Hell, not everyone here is a passenger.
What you call bitching and whining" may be a useful catalyst for change. Ideas and thoughts are exchanged. I can honestly say that I have taken quite a few things from this board and pushed the information into the minds of the people that may influence the actual people that can talk to the people that may be able to implement policies and changes.
Yes, there are that many layers.....and more.
While you may be content to patronize Amtrak regardless of the costs or convenience, there are others who may travel because of a particular amenity, schedule, cost or some other type of constraint. When that particular reason no longer exists, the reason for travel may go with it.
The bottom line is I think people see the diminishing services and rising fares/fees as the typical corporate indifference to the product. While some say "it is what it is, we're used to it" and/or " since this is the same way other modes of transportation have treated us for years so resistance is futile," others are probably sick of the process...and it has crept into one more area.
From an Amtrak perspective, they are likely hoping you are already used to it....less for more. It isn't much different from anyplace else at this point, and they are grooming future travelers to not expect hot meals or services.
After all ,you can't miss what you never had.