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1 month, 2 weeks ago on Welcome to Our New Design!
Hey guys, I hope someone measured the height of those giant vents on top of the baggage cars :)
2 months, 1 week ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
@Traingirl @RAAndre Really? We took the Silver Meteor in January and it was okay. Maybe someone is falling behind in their track maintenance.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
I have always found the Viewliners to feel safe and ride comfortably even in the south. The only time I was scared on a train was leaving Chicago on the California Zephyr. We rocked and rolled and alarmingly slammed through switches violently with a loud bang. It was horrible. But even with the double-decker cars and the rough track we didn't tip over.
We were however in the Superliner Family Room which is located in the lower level close to the tracks and next to the wheels which probably heightened the sensations.
The Viewliners have their rooms located much higher and further away from the track and wheels. I would think these new versions will be much better insulated and isolated and should provide a quieter more comfortable ride.
Over the years most of the host railroads have improved their ROW and you hopefully should find the ride much improved. Our last trip hit 127 mph through Massachusetts and it was smooth as glass. I feel safer in a train going 100mph than in a plane going 500mph.
Interesting . . . If this happens, Amtrak, please pay attention to placement of the seats so that none are placed without windows as in some Amfleet cars.
Also make the luggage racks see-through "glass" like on the new Talgos to take full advantage of those great upper windows.
And lastly, but above all, please avoid the trend to make half the car seats face backwards. Oh do I hate that!
4 months ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
The last Bedroom we took was on the Silver Star from NYP (Boston) to Tampa. The attendant had to stuff towels into the suite connecting door to stop the rattling so we could sleep. The cabinets next to the mirror had shelves that had a rounded DOWN edge so things (like coins) fell out, and you couldn't easily access the sink when the bed was down (like after using the bathroom at night).
It looks like that more rounded sink cabinet may make it a little easier to get to the sink when the bed is down and that's a nice change.
I have ridden in every Amtrak sleeper accommodation (except for HP) and I think the Viewliner has the best designed rooms in an overall very pleasant car. I look forward to experiencing these new versions.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
That's what I thought. So the booths could have been wider.
I understand the toilet controversy but I hope they leave the sink at least. It would be nice to at least have a place to wash your hands and face and brush your teeth in your room.
Ummmmm . . . you know they kind of tried that with the horrible greenish/teal Acela Regional "Blob" scheme. I think stripes are the best way to go with something that is long and narrow. I don't think it is old fashioned in any way.
Look at the contemporary versions of NS heritage locomotives (http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=chrf-yff24&va=ns+heritage+locomotive). Those stripe variations are timeless and striking. Crazy contemporary graphic designs look cool initially but tend to get tired very quickly.
Keep it simple like the beautiful new iPad air . . . . elegantly simple.
@neroden @RAAndre @ahblid @cbclassystuff
Can a wheelchair pass through the kitchen end corridor and out the other end? If not they just need a wheelchair accessible table at the diaphragm end of the table section and there is no need to provide passage between the booths.
So is that still a sink in the roomette?
But aren't the Viewliners 6 inches wider than the older dining cars? There should be a wee bit more shoulder room at least.
This is fantastic news and the cars look great. I love the "cherry" wood (?) and the "rose" (?) colored upholstery. We ride the Silver Service at least once a year round trip between Boston and Florida and look forward to riding in these cars (it would be wonderful if a train was extended all the way).
The only comment I would like to make is I am surprised that Amtrak has selected this exterior paint scheme. I prefer phase IV to phase III, but the cars look good as shown. I was hoping that once these cars got introduced, the trains would look like a sleek homogenized set of matching equipment, but once again the trains will look like a mismatched hodgepodge of dissimilar styles and colors.
I know it's a minor complaint in the scope of what Amtrak has accomplished here and I applaud it, but image is important and I just wish Amtrak would pick a paint scheme and stick with it.