I like the idea of trains. I’ve taken them in other countries and had no complaints. Given that, I never choose Amtrak to travel in the US.
I can see how it might be fun to travel on them as a vacation itself. Well, maybe not fun, but relaxing. Yet as a means of getting from Point A to Point B, they never, ever come out on top. For what is a marginable cost benefit over the airlines (if any) they take 2x or 3x the time. If you go on the high-speed Acela trains they have around here, they’re fast enough to be competitive, but now they cost 2x instead. And they aren’t fast enough to justify that.
So, I appeal to the masses: are there actual situations where you have chosen them because they were the practical choice?