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10 months, 2 weeks ago on 6 Tips for Cheap Amtrak Tickets
I would vote against heels on the train not just because the train is "a casual place", but also because they're simply unsafe. The train rocks, jolts, and rolls quite a bit, and it would be so easy to twist an ankle. It's also safer to have flat soles when moving between cars, as a sway can cause you to lose your footing if one foot is still on one car while the other foot is ahead on the other car. (Always hold onto the candy canes!)
11 months ago on What to Bring on an Overnight Train Ride
@DanielLilly These are great suggestions. We always bring a tiny flashlight and a power strip. I also bring some binder clips just in case the velcro on the curtains isn't quite enough (or isn't fastening correctly). Oh, and earplugs. I'm a light sleeper.
@JoePower There's not enough room. Also, the new Viewliners don't have toilets in the roomettes anymore.
11 months, 1 week ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
@RobertRegan @Jedling They don't take reservations for breakfast. It's first-come, first-served on every train. Since "quiet hours" don't end until 6:30, they usually provide the breakfast hours the night before so you can set your alarm appropriately. Some trains start serving at 6:00, but I've had to wait until 6:30 before since the cooks aren't quite ready.
1 year ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
@Evilkitty The seats are quite comfortable, just as soft and padded as Coach. They do recline (the lever is under the seat), and you can prop your feet up on the stairs to the upper bunk or the other person's seat.
Since the bottom seats form the bottom bunk, they are 28" wide. (You might want to let her know this if she is normally concerned about seat width - I carry my weight in my hips and thighs, so seats are a primary concern for me.)
When the bottom bunk is set up, it's 28" wide and 6'6" long. Also, the sleeping pad for it goes on top of the seats, so it has more padding in general. Since she is larger, she'll be much more comfortable on the bottom.
The top bunk is 24" wide and 6'2" long. It has a little less padding since it's just the bed roll, but it's still comfortable.
@Evilkitty I travel on the SWC all the time. It will be fine. I'm 5'6" and around 275 pounds, and my boyfriend is 5'8" and 180 pounds. We have enough leg room during the day, and the bunks are comfortable.
It's a bit of a twisty climb into the upper bunk, so you might want to take the top (unless you're claustrophobic). Even though I'm bigger, though, I don't have an issue climbing up and down. You could ask your sister-in-law to try it out first and then offer to take it if she can't make it up there.
If you feel a bit cramped, you can always sit in the lounge car too.