Will the new budget kill Amtrak

The short answer is, "Not now, but it might eventually inflict a severe wound."

Yes, President Trump's preliminary budget proposes to cut all funding for Amtrak long-distance trains. But as we've just seen with health care, first-round proposals seldom survive in their original form. Still, the administration isn't happy with Amtrak's ongoing losses, and long-distance trains face an uncertain future. So if you're interested in a long rail trip, you don't have to worry for this year, but the future will be much cloudier.

For most people, the main reason to ride a long-haul Amtrak train is to enjoy the scenery in comfort. And rail buffs around the country generally...