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@jimwold The roomettes of today are like the Slumbercoach rooms for two, or the size of a roomette for one, although the roomette had a full-size single bed. Slumbercoach rooms for one were smaller than duplex roomettes which also had a full-size bed, but all rooms in both cases had lavatory & toilet. The Slumbercoach rooms could be gotten with a regular coach ticket plus a fairly modest room charge. All rooms had ceilings which were higher than those in Superliners and therefore the upper bed passenger had more space (as well as the same size bed as the lower passenger in all cases), and the higher ceiling made the rooms seem larger (as in Viewliner rooms today). All first-class rooms had quite deep-cushioned seats or sofas which included upholstered armrests that could be pulled down if desired. First-class generally had a lounge car or observation-lounge with several bedrooms at one end and an attendant serving beverages and sometimes light fare. Railroad stationery and a writing desk, a rack with magazines, and sometimes a dome upstairs were other features. Only a few railroads had Slumbercoaches (B&O, NY Central, Northern Pacific come to mind).
1 month, 1 week ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
@Evilkitty @jpakala @RobMartin1 The Superliners are all the same. Being two-storeys their ceilings are not as high. No roomettes in them have toilet or sink facilities in the room (some folks think that's an advantage, owing to the small size), and the new single-level Viewliners will have only the sink.
1 year, 3 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
@Evilkitty @RobMartin1 It will be tight, for I'm 147 pounds and my wife 105 and the roomette was okay but not roomy. The Viewliners have higher ceilings, which both helps the uuper bed passenger and makes the tiny room seem a little larger than in Superliner roomettes.
@RAAndre I've ridden the various types of cars as well, and the wheelchair-accessible Viewliner bedroom is tops, and the regular bedrooms a close second, owing to spaciousness from higher ceilings (which also make upper berth travel nicer than in Superliners), private bathroom with good sink arrangement (we didn't use the shower), more windows, ability to see out both sides of the train (with a window toward the aisle and an outside window across from that), full-size ladder, long sofa, etc.
1 year, 3 months ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
@LoudintheHouse The pricing varies greatly depending on how early you get your tickets, and also on the demand. I just checked for a roundtrip in mid-January and total is $98.
Roomettes historically were for one person, with a regular single bed that folded down from the wall, but there were a few inexpensive Slumbercoach rooms like today's Viewliner roomettes. The Superliner ones are inferior because the ceiling is lower and the lavatory facilities are down the hall. Some new Viewliners are supposed to have roomettes without toilet facilities, but I don't know why. Bedrooms historically had more headroom for the upper berth and both beds were standard single-bed size. The lower berth had a little less headroom but still ample. Again, the double-decker Superliner bedrooms are inferior because they have lower ceilings. And there is a world of difference between the ADA-accessible bedroom in Viewliners and those in Superliners (the latter have narrow beds, no ladder to the upper bed, no separate room for the toilet facilities, lower ceilings, much smaller windows.
1 year, 10 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)