We were also on the 8th of August trip and the things that stood out for me were the fact that the train, although being powered by two locomotives, never seemed to get above 12mph. The scenery was unvaried, although this was a diversion from the normal excursion. Apart from the speed, the worst part of the trip was the country railroad music that was played throughout the trip. The fact that during the 4 hour journey there was no place to get off and stretch your legs or remind yourself that you are on an old train was also not a plus. The food was quite good in the parlor car however and the staff were friendly and helpful.