Would the lack of a lounge car prevent me from traveling on Amtrak? No. Would the lack of a lounge car be disappointing to me? Yes. I enjoy Amtrak as compared to flying because of the potential for friendly social interaction among one's fellow passengers. I have met interesting people sitting in the SSL or the cafe car. If food is available to be purchased in whatever lounge car it may be, tables must be provided. With the train's motion, having to carry those cardboard boxes containing drinks and food and needing to use two hands to hold the box is asking for someone to get hurt or for the contents to be spilled. For whatever reason the "techies" may have, sitting for any period of time solely occupying a table working on a laptop, phone, etc. and preventing others from using that table for their own purposes, i.e. sightseeing, eating/drinking, etc. deprives me of "my right" to be able to use the lounge car for the purpose for which it was built.