PROLONGING THE MISERY. Hit and Run predicts that Amtrak is likely to limp along for a few more years. Some of the commenters remarked on the usefulness of an excursion and sightseeing type service. Such things already exist, many as private operations (go here for a few hints at their existence.) Amtrak is unlikely to be able to offer a truly deluxe service without being criticized as a subsidy to the rich, so the deluxe-class service such as the American Orient Express runs on an intermittent basis as an excursion train, and Amtrak cannot concentrate on a few high-speed corridors such as the Northeast Corridor or Milwaukee-Chicago without losing the support of Representatives from rural districts, and Senators, some of them powerful (anybody remember the North Coast Hiawatha?), from rural states.