Yeah, Amtrak is a money-sponge. But, passenger train service everywhere is government subsidized. In Europe , all the trains run on government money. The difference is, there people use the trains to get from city to city—in the U-S, not many people do. So, our government not only spends money on that form of public transportation, it loses a lot money.
Now, no one can accuse me of being anti-train. I am a bona fide railfan, and used to have a rather elaborate HO scale model train layout. Having said that, and despite the recollections of the days when Wilmington was the Holy City of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, I must realistically assert that inter-city passenger train service will never return to Wilmington. Oh, sure, the State has mumbled some stuff about expanding the State-subsidized passenger trains that run, roughly, from Raleigh to Charlotte , through the Piedmont Crescent , to other cities. But don't hold your breath. In North Carolina , nearly everything goes through the Piedmont Crescent , with other areas getting leftovers. Look how long it took to get I-40 extended to Wilmington .