While I have read the others review of the lunch train I will have to disagree. It appears they have changed since many others have traveled on the trip. The rail car is a nicely restored vintage dining car with comfortable seating. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating.
As to the views from the train; you travel through residential, industrial areas, a golf course and a navy base with Narragansett bay as the back drop. While the view isn't as spectacular as train ride on side of a mountain the view of the water makes up for it.
The food was amazing they definitely have a chef that knows how to cook. I had the turkey stuffing and cranberry sandwich which included a cup of soup or a salad and desert. I asked for my sandwich to be done differently and asked for gravy on the side and they were very accommodating. My husband had the open turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes.
It appears they have made great improvements based off of the previous reviews and I applaud the owners.
The lunch was a leisurely time spent enjoying the views and the food. I would certainly recommend it.