The former Santa Fe High Level Lounge cars, which prefigured the Superliner Sightseer Lounges now in their fourth decade on the western cross-country trains as well as the Capitol Limited and City of New Orleans, earned a second life as the Pacific Parlour Cars on the Coast Starlight.
Their existence has been tenuous of recent years, with wintertime withdrawals of the stock "for renovation" being part of a more general trimming of the first class service on the Starlight. Never mind that the carriage trade votes, even in rapidly Third-Worldifying California.
Now the Parlour Cars are going away, with no replacement first-class lounge provided.
So, too often, it is, because public authorities have no sense of how to offer amenities.