Numerous problems resulting in us being 14 hours late into Mineola: 1. Some kind of electrical issue in the (only) engine, they claimed it was blown fuses. No electricity for a couple hours in the heat. Some people did not get dinner, I am not sure what they did for sleeper pax, if they got comped something from the snack bar. (Luckily I got my dinner minutes before the power went out). No flush toilets either. 2. Waited on a part, it was the "wrong" part and shorted out immediately, or so we were told. Had to wait several more hours on a tow engine from the 305. 3. Multiple freight delays 4. Crew timed out somewhere around Walnut Ridge so we sat a couple more hours waiting on a crew to come in 5. We were told (in sleepers) "There will be no dinner, here is beef stew, take it or leave it." It was full of carrots (I have a food intolerance to them and you DO NOT WANT me having eaten carrots on a train with an iffy bathroom, even if you didn't care about the pain I'd be in). I might have been able to pick around them (I'm not allergic, I just can't digest them) but it looked so unappetizing I didn't want it. (I wound up buying a cheese plate in the snack bar, which was a much better dinner) 6. Later it turned out there WAS dinner served for sleeper pax, after I was full from the cheese. Someone suggested I could get a dessert but at that point I was "cut your nose off to spite your face" mad so I stayed in my roomette 7. Derailment of a freight outside Marshall (which I heard from a friend in Shreveport I was texting with) that ultimately led to us first sitting for a couple hours while they were supposedly cleaning it up. We were told pax for San Antonio and beyond would get off at Longview and be bused. Then we were told "no, they can't clean it up fast enough, we're being detoured to Mineola." I knew that would be a mess because the parking lot there is very small, and the buses would take it all up - and my car would be blocked in. 8. I had made motel reservations but had to wait an extra half-hour once we got to Mineola for the buses to load and leave before I could get my car out. I mean, I get that a lot of that was Act of God, but we were given VERY little in the way of updates or advice. It was literally five minutes outside Mineola that the general announcement about "the buses will now be at Mineola" was made (or at least the one I heard - the car attendant told us about the buses but I didn't hear it on the PA). And the thing about "here's stew" where later on we could have had a PROPER dinner... The train was 14 hours late into Mineola. Worst delay I've ever experienced, and I traveled after the ice storm of 2000. I have to go back up to Illinois at Thanksgiving (family gathering and that is also when my father's memorial service is scheduled). I LOATHE flying and it's hard to get to an airport but I am seriously considering braving the airplane for that. I'm calling Amtrak on Monday. I don't expect a refund but they need to know how bad the communication with passengers was.