Forums Riding that train By Glen Thompson / June 19, 1999 Share 1 -- As the airlines attempt to derail federal legislation on passenger rights by promising to adhere to a self-imposed honor system, Amtrak has rolled out its own passenger pledge, despite the fact that nobody has even asked for it. Like a rock star who goes into rehab because it might lead to a few talk show gigs, Amtrak is launching a pre-emptive strike against nobody, promising the moon and the stars to any and all disenchanted air passengers who can see their way clear to riding the rails.Employee training programs, on-board amenities and beefed up F&B are the cornerstones of the initiative. Vouchers, rather than refunds, are the carrot that Amtrak hopes will entice riders back on board.Maybe it will work. But last time I rode Amtrak I spent five hours sitting on the restroom floor of a packed train, and I was far from alone. Once you've ridden the rails in the bathroom, all the romance seems to go out of the words "all aboard."