You have no idea how happy this makes me. The first brand new baggage car made in the United States since the last Ice Age. And the nouveau-Phase III paint scheme is positively stunning: it spares not one scrap of pride in this railroad’s 40 years of struggle and survival. Nothing in my life has been as constant as my being there as a fan and advocate for 30 of those years. My memory of seeing my first Amtrak train on the platform at age 8 and envisioning the escape to faraway places and adventures is as clear as this morning.
I think the only thing I would do differently is change the “America” under Amtrak to “Fuck Yeah”, but I guess that wouldn’t exactly be the best PR.