ExCon90 wrote: ↑Sat Jun 18, 2022 10:44 pm My traveling days are over, but I found that the best deal for Acela First Class was a late afternoon departure from Boston, with dinner served at the time of your request (after New Haven and the scenery), in plenty of time for a Philadelphia arrival, and the waitstaff solicitously ensuring that the inside of your wine glass was never unduly exposed to the air. STrRedWolf is right: if you don't get a damned good meal out of it, you're just as well off with Acela Business Class or a Regional, and that depends more on the times than anything else.This is essentially what I'm talking about. If you got 8 hours on a train, you might as well get a good meal out of it, so time it for that meal. Shorter than 4 and it's a waste of money -- get food at the station and time your arrival for your hunger.
Think about it this way: I'm going up to Pittsburgh again. I have enough time in Philadelphia 30th Street to grab something from Au Bon Pain or even Wendy's. Unfortunately, it's 6 hours to Pittsburgh -- I'm likely to get dinner on the train before I disembark. And that'll will be "7-11" fare.