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Posted 18 May 2008 - 08:59 AM

I just booked Auto Train going southbound in roomette but due to high pricing (and I booked when dates opened for next April)I 'm returning by coach. As I never took coach before, I was not sure whether to book upper or lower. I chose lower(thought it would be quieter). Did I make a good decision?

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 09:49 AM

I'm not certain about the AT if when you select a lower level seat that you must sit on the lower level, but on other trains yu can sit on either level.

As far as "less noise", it depends on what kind you mean. You do not have as many people walking by (it will be on the upper level), but because you are closer to the tracks, there may be more track noise! And anytime you want to go to another car (such as the dining car or lounge), you would have to climb the stairs. (Access between cars is from the upper level only.)
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 10:36 AM

I'm not certain about the AT if when you select a lower level seat that you must sit on the lower level, but on other trains yu can sit on either level.

As far as "less noise", it depends on what kind you mean. You do not have as many people walking by (it will be on the upper level), but because you are closer to the tracks, there may be more track noise! And anytime you want to go to another car (such as the dining car or lounge), you would have to climb the stairs. (Access between cars is from the upper level only.)


How many steps are there from lower to upper level?

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:36 AM

How many steps are there from lower to upper level?

I'm not 100% certain, but I think 4-5 to a 90º turn, another 4-5 steps to another 90º turn and then another 4-5 steps - all within about 1/3 of a car width!
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:39 AM

How many steps are there from lower to upper level?

I'm not 100% certain, but I think 4-5 to a 90º turn, another 4-5 steps to another 90º turn and then another 4-5 steps - all within about 1/3 of a car width!


Could be interesting after a few social beverages! ;)

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 12:26 PM

I'm not certain about the AT if when you select a lower level seat that you must sit on the lower level, but on other trains yu can sit on either level.


On the AT it's a pretty safe bet that if you book lower, you'll be on the lower. The reason for that is that one checks in at a counter long before boarding the train. That checkin includes lifting your ticket(s), and giving you a seat check with an assigned seat number & car number. And that seat will be assigned based upon what you booked.

Now perhaps if the train isn't running full and meet a nice agent, you can request to be reassigned to the upper level. Or perhaps with the right car attendant and an empty seat available they might let you move your seat once the train is under way. But if a particular level is important to you, then it's best to book that level from the get go.
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:06 PM

I'm not certain about the AT if when you select a lower level seat that you must sit on the lower level, but on other trains yu can sit on either level.


On the AT it's a pretty safe bet that if you book lower, you'll be on the lower. The reason for that is that one checks in at a counter long before boarding the train. That checkin includes lifting your ticket(s), and giving you a seat check with an assigned seat number & car number. And that seat will be assigned based upon what you booked.

Now perhaps if the train isn't running full and meet a nice agent, you can request to be reassigned to the upper level. Or perhaps with the right car attendant and an empty seat available they might let you move your seat once the train is under way. But if a particular level is important to you, then it's best to book that level from the get go.


Are there any diagrams that show the upper & lower level on Superliner Coach?

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:14 PM

Are there any diagrams that show the upper & lower level on Superliner Coach?


Scroll down this page.
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 08:34 PM

How many steps are there from lower to upper level?


This video shows the stairs: Stairs in Superliner

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 09:33 PM

Are there any diagrams that show the upper & lower level on Superliner Coach?


Scroll down this page.


That's real interesting, thanks for pointing it out!!



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