https://www.washingtonpost.com/transpor ... nce-trains
.Amtrak president and chief executive Richard Anderson on Wednesday defended the company’s decision to kill the traditional dining car on some long-distance trains, a shift that has ignited a firestorm of complaints from railroad passengers and aficionados.
Anderson acknowledged the transition to more “flexible” and “contemporary” dining options hasn’t been popular but said it has not hurt ticket sales.
“There’s a lot of anecdotes about food, because there are people that love the long-distance service and the halcyon days of sitting in the dining car in your coat and tie, and I appreciate that,” Anderson said while testifying in front of the House Transportation subcommittee on railroads, pipelines and hazardous materials. “But when you make these kinds of changes, you make these kinds of changes based on data, and we have data about what our customers’ preferences are.”.
Now, let's take a peek at the photo leading off The Post article and that immediately linked:
Note the difference in dress codes. No one would dare show up in a Tank Top and Flip Flops as they would today (guess that qualifies as "cover the body" and "proper footwear" requirements).
Mr. Anderson's quoted remark above bears noting.
I can recall meeting Rogers EM Whitaker (E M Frimbo)
aboard the pre-Amtrak "Broadway Limited"(early '67). I am now elder in age now as he was then. Trust me, you wouldn't see him in a Diner or Lounge wearing anything less than a suit and tie. You wouldn't see me in anything less than a jacket - back then or today.