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It is getting harder and hard to be a 'Friend of Amtrak' when Amtrak is finding it difficult to be a friend of itself.

Remember, "Dinner in the Diner, Nothing Could Be Finer..."? With the crew running Amtrak these days diners may be gone before you get to the last verse. We know about how the Silver Star, pictured here from a trip a very few years ago, has dropped its diner and now comes word the Lake Shore and Capitol Ltd will be losing theirs this summer. Things like the UP ad for its diners will be long gone. Rumors abound that the national network will be splintered. At the very time Congress provided more funding for it. So Pacific Parlours go, food is on its way out, and for all we know a California Zephyr trip may be broken up into several sections of day trains with the airline president now CEO of Amtrak doing what he did to Delta Airlines. You get to stay in a Trump hotel for dinner, sleep and breakfast before heading out in the morning. Increasingly cramped seating, restrictions on reservations, and as happening now, drastic reductions in youth fares, and discounts for the likes of AAA will be gone. What you'll get if you ride Amtrak in a sleeping car is a choice of one of two cold sandwiches or a salad in your room, not with friends in the diner. Oh, and it won't be long until they charge for your pillow and wi-fi time. And if you want to ride a charter or that ole fall foliage train it won't be anywhere near an Amtrak engine.

Write your Congressional rep. Watch the Amtrak web page for info on Burger Kings near your station. Get over to the Rail Passengers Association website for updates and give a shout to Amtrak that one of the world's finest rail experiences should not be destroyed. And, perhaps they could explain what they are doing to the system we help pay for.

 

 

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