Sleeping Car Loads?

Old Apr 12, 20, 11:16 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: NYC
Programs: CO Platinum/1K, SPG Platinum/Ambassador
Posts: 1,600
Sleeping Car Loads?

Curious what the loads are for sleepers these days. Need to cross the US to get home and donít really feel like flying is the best bet so Iím left w driving or Amtrak. Havenít taken Amtrak outside NEC so not sure how much privacy/risk I have in a bedroom. Canít imagine Iíd get my own car but who knows these days.
dparkinson is offline  
Old Apr 13, 20, 7:01 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Programs: American Airlines, National Car Rental
Posts: 140
Originally Posted by dparkinson View Post
Curious what the loads are for sleepers these days. Need to cross the US to get home and don’t really feel like flying is the best bet so I’m left w driving or Amtrak. Haven’t taken Amtrak outside NEC so not sure how much privacy/risk I have in a bedroom. Can’t imagine I’d get my own car but who knows these days.
Amtrak bedrooms give you complete privacy. They are mini-hotel rooms, with a door that locks (from the inside). These days there is only one sleeping car per train (with low loads), and there is an attendant. Plus the cafe car is placed at the middle of the train, with only sleeping cars on one side, so I have no concern about security. And even when the sleeping car is full (pre-pandemic), I couldn't hear other passengers at all and rarely saw them except in the dining car.

I've taken an Eastern long distance train a few times recently (since the panedemic started) and including my room, the maximum number of passenger-occupied rooms on the whole train has been 3. On the last trip, the only other passenger in the sleeping car got off early in the morning, so I had the entire car to myself for a while. Most stations had no passengers, so the train would stop at the station but immediately start up again.

Oddly, on each trip, my room was next to another passenger's room; perhaps the Amtrak computer system starts booking rooms with room 1 first, room 2 second, etc. If you'd prefer to keep your distance, just ask to move.

Note: the dining car was removed from my train and there was only a cafe car, but serving most of the same prepackaged "Flexible Dining" items and drinks as the dining car served.

I guess Amtrak these days is like Queen Elizabeth's royal train (but for the food): you have basically the whole train to yourself, with many more crew members than passengers.

As long as you can avoid the mandatory idiotic boarding line at larger stations, you can board the train, take your trip and get off without being within 6 feet of a person, very easily. The only people you'll definitely encounter are crew members and on my latest trip, they seemed concerned about coming too close to others, too.

Last edited by WeekendTraveler; Apr 13, 20 at 8:28 am
WeekendTraveler is offline  
Old Apr 13, 20, 12:47 pm
  #3  
Fairmont Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Orcas Island, Washington
Programs: Amtrak Guest Rewards Select, Maika'i Card
Posts: 171
If I had to travel right now, I think a Bedroom on Amtrak would be my preferred mode. A Roomette would be too close to another person if the room across the hall were occupied.
Maglev is offline  
Old Apr 13, 20, 1:08 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Programs: American Airlines, National Car Rental
Posts: 140
Originally Posted by Maglev View Post
A Roomette would be too close to another person if the room across the hall were occupied.
That was the case on my trips recently (oddly- the rest of the car was empty). I just closed the door, and the attendant would have let me move to another room if I had wanted to.

I was in a roomette on each trip.
WeekendTraveler is offline  
Old Apr 16, 20, 2:26 pm
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: PSC
Programs: Hilton Diamond/IHG Platinum/DL Plutononium
Posts: 1,535
Just keep in mind that a roomette on the Chicago-West Cost trains won't have a restroom in the room, you have a shared bathroom on the lower level or on the upper level. The East Coast-Chicago viewliners have their own restroom in the roomettes as well as the bedrooms.

I would probably book a full bedroom given the current situation so you get your own restroom.
hi55us is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: