Pamela had started her travels on a bus in Fresno and boarded the train in Reno. By this time, the train was around two hours behind schedule. Amtrak leases track usage from the freight companies that actually own the tracks -- thus freight trains take priority over Amtrak. Pamela's husband is a model train buff and an amateur astronomer. I thought he would be a natural person to lobby Congress -- with his friends -- to increase funding for Amtrak and possibly expand the system, including the laying of new tracks owned by Amtrak. Pamela said no, that her husband and his friends just play with model trains, they don't actually ride on real trains.