I just looked at a trip from Seattle to Los Angeles on the rail. Scenic, but it meant 35 hours in a reclining passenger seatI and cost more than a one way flight (direct) which would take less than four hours. To add a sleeping room would cost another $500 which includes meals yet still costs more than a first class airfare and still takes 35 hours. If you want to vacation on the train it's great. Passenger trains are a lovely anachronism, but not a good option for everyday travel.