In the 1930's, America probably had the most luxurious and most advanced trains in the world. People then add, "Then Amtrak happened." Unfortunately people forget how great Amtrak really is and how it saved passenger trains. Sure, in the early 1970's things were a bit rocky, but the company was brand new. Now Amtrak is revolutionizing the way we travel. We now have 165 mph trains in the Northeast, 135 mph regionals, 110 mph conventional trains, and just yesterday, Amtrak just sealed a deal with Alstom for the next generation of Acela trainsets that are planned to reach 200+ mph. But why do people criticize Amtrak? Becuase our trains don't go 350 mph. A lot of people compare the United States trains to France's. There is just one flaw with that logic. The US is much bigger than France and cities in the US are spaced much farther apart. It's like comparing a Prius to a Semi. But 120 mph is plenty fast, and keep in mind these are diesels. If you keep going faster and faster, the attraction of seeing scenery when riding the train disappears. Even so, some of Amtraks most scenic trains can get up to 90 mph. Amtrak stated, "The cost just to update the Northeast Corridor to French specifications would cost $151,000,000,000. Most of the cost is due to raising current tracks to elevated tracks". America doesn't need that. We can just upgrade our tracks that our on the ground which Amtrak is currently planning. Next people compare it to Japan. The problem is 92% of Japan never sees a train that reaches 50 mph. With America it's the opposite. All of our (Passenger) diesel locomotives can reach 110 mph or more. So Amtrak is doing a pretty good job. Share your opinions.