I'm reluctant to take this thread which is not about food into the same territory as the nearly 3 others on the subject, but hey, if the moderator is doing it: I can't speculate on why he didn't say the replacement food was bad, but it is, and somehow they managed to run out of the not-good vegan wrap on my trip, meaning you either go hungry or eat the slightly worse food comped in the cafe. I am not planning on taking the Capitol Limited or Lake Shore Limited anymore -- it's not worth the money and it's no longer pleasant. I am also 36, have not yet traveled for business on Amtrak (apart from the corridor), but have nearly always travelled because I'm going someplace, not because I wanted to ride a train -- I just found it a nice way to go. I did a single "for the train" trip to St. Louis earlier this summer to ride on the Capitol Limited before they screwed it all up, and was planning on cancelling the rest of my travel this summer on either train and flying instead, but I figured it would be better to actually see for myself before making a decision. I'd like to ride a western train at some point and will work it into a vacation, but I'll fly to the Midwest to do it unless something changes in this area.
I also don't know what trips you're taking, but on the trips I've taken, it's generally older people (in fact most of the people who ever end up on the train in sleeper are), or families. Everyone seemed to be aware of the changes to the food (it was a topic of conversation at most meals at at least one table, sometimes more), but there were no foamers to be found. I tend to eat on the late side. Most recently the only people in the diner were a guy and his kid (I had got the feeling they hadn't ridden before), two older couples, a younger woman alone with her iPad, and a guy who was apparently telling everyone he ate with the same story about some wild night he once had (our companion at a meal gestured that she'd heard it the night before).
Anyway, this still has nothing to do with delivery or production, but if other folks are going to spin a narrative, or attempt to discredit others', I think it's fair to dispute it.
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