ZZZZZZZZZZZ … Sleeping on a Train
I’m frequently asked what the sleeping car accommodations are like on Amtrak’s long-distance trains. It’s a hard question to answer because there are a lot of options. Superliner cars on the western trains are a lot like the Viewliner cars on the eastern routes. Both offer roomettes and bedrooms, but there are some small but significant differences.
For instance there is a small sink and small toilet in Viewliner roomettes, but no such facilities in roomettes on Superliners. Both roomettes have an upper bunk, but whoever draws the upper bunk on a Viewliner gets a window. No such luck on the Superliner.
Because the bedrooms and roomettes are so compact – that’s a nice word for “small” – it’s very hard to get a decent photograph … or, rather, a photo that will accurately convey what each room looks like. However, Amtrak has recently added a neat little feature to their web site that provides a virtual tour of their sleeping car facilities. It’s fun to fool with and it will tell you about the amenities for each of the various accommodations and give you a good idea of what they all look like. Go here to check it out.
Good info, Jim. Didn’t know the viewliners had an upper bunk window!
The only thing I’d add is that it’s great to travel on full moon nights so the landscape’s illuminated.
We live in a beautiful country.