Charlie, I am sorry for you that you are canceling these trips because I still think traveling by Amtrak is a great experience. I also regret the revenue lost by Amtrak--depending on when you were traveling, Bedrooms are NOT always filled.
We will continue to travel by train even if it means bringing along our own food. If we fly, we go first-class so cost is not as much of an issue. It has to do with the experience of seeing this great land at ground level and meeting interesting people.
Our last trip on the Coast Starlight was as memorable as all the times we have ridden it, even without a Pacific Parlor Car and with mediocre food and service in the dining car.