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#1 Guest_CM_*

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:06 PM

This is on the Sunset Limited...if that makes a difference. Rooms 1-10 are upper and 11-14 lower. What's the difference? Is there a room I should avoid? Also, does it make any difference as far as motion sickness...is it a "better" ride in one or the other? Thanks!

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:26 PM

It's really up to you.

I personally like the upper level for the better views and because to pass between cars (such as to go to the Dining Car or Sightseer Lounge) is only possible via the upper level. Others like the lower level for more privacy (no thru traffic), stepping out quickly for "smoke" breaks and the shower and most rest rooms are on the lower level. (There is also one rest room on the upper level.)

Some people try to avoid rooms 9 & 10, due to being next to the car end door. However, I have had rooms 7, 8, 9 and 10 many times, and have had no noise problems!

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:29 PM

It's really up to you.

I personally like the upper level for the better views and because to pass between cars (such as to go to the Dining Car or Sightseer Lounge) is only possible via the upper level. Others like the lower level for more privacy (no thru traffic), stepping out quickly for "smoke" breaks and the shower and most rest rooms are on the lower level. (There is also one rest room on the upper level.)

Some people try to avoid rooms 9 & 10, due to being next to the car end door. However, I have had rooms 7, 8, 9 and 10 many times, and have had no noise problems!

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You're not fooling me Dave~ the Penthouse for you; I don't think you'd ride in the cellar. :lol: :lol: :lol: BTW, Room 6 is my choice for upper level travel. You can get next to the family room downstairs and it can be an eventful night with younger children that aren't used to riding trains.

Edited by had8ley, 16 March 2011 - 08:31 PM.


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Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:37 PM

I don't think you'd ride in the cellar. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:02 AM

Prefer the upper roomettes myself, #3/#4/#5/#6 IMO are best. As was mewntioned #9 and #10 can be noisy and rougher riding due to being on the end of the car. The downstairs rooms (#11-#14) can be claustrophobic and if the family room is occupied by a rowdy buch of kids can be a pain! Dave nailed it, the view is better up top, its easy enough to come downstairs for the shower and luggage rack, fresh air breaks unless you are mobility challenged!
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:52 AM

Personally I don't really care much either way. However, for the sake of discussion here are a couple more difference to consider that I didn't see mentioned above.

1. The lower level has substantially less swaying movement. If you get carsick or seasick easily you might want to choose the lover level.

2. If there is any sort of plumbing problem the lower level will get it worse than the upper level. Although eventually the smell will end up permeating both floors thanks to the recirculating air systems.

As for the view, keep in mind that even the bottom floor is elevated compared to the surrounding terrain. You're already at pickup truck height on the lower floor, so I wouldn't worry too much about missing out on anything on either level. At least not on the Sunset Limited.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 01:15 AM

I actually was wondering about this some time ago...

Is there any difference in the headspace on the upper bunk of a Superliner on the upper floor versus lower floor?

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:40 AM

Is there any difference in the headspace on the upper bunk of a Superliner on the upper floor versus lower floor?

No.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:07 AM


Is there any difference in the headspace on the upper bunk of a Superliner on the upper floor versus lower floor?


No.


Actually there is. First, I'll have to actually measure sometime, but I think that there might actually be an extra inch or so on the lower level. However, if if there isn't, one difference is that the upper level you lose some space due to the curve of the roof of the car. On the lower level that doesn't happen, you have a uniform amount of space across the entire bunk.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:11 AM

I have roommettes 13 and 14 reserved on the Builder. I was going to try and see if they had two upper levels available, but i think I might stick it out with what I have. This is my first trip so I wouldn't know the differences yet anyway.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:31 AM

So there is noticeable less "sway" on the bottom? Interesting. My wife gets motion sickness pretty easily...want to try and avoid that.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:47 AM

I have roommettes 13 and 14 reserved on the Builder. I was going to try and see if they had two upper levels available, but i think I might stick it out with what I have. This is my first trip so I wouldn't know the differences yet anyway.

If the Family Room is occupied, you may know! Roomettes #13 & #14 are right next to the Family Room!
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:57 AM

If the Family Room is occupied, you may know! Roomettes #13 & #14 are right next to the Family Room!


How well we know! Hubby and I had roomette 13 on our return trip from Maricopa to Lafayette. On the first part of the trip, the room was occupied, but the kids were well behaved and we kept our door closed when we were in the room (didn't want that good AC to escape - :rolleyes:)

I can't remember when they got off, but the room wasn't occupied for a good part of the trip.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:43 AM

Which rooms are next to the bathrooms? (is there a layout online somewhere of the sleeper layouts?)

Someone mentioned the lower level was "clausterphobic"...but on the other hand, there's less sway and motion in the lower level. Just how tight is the lower level? Do you feel that much more closed in?

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 11:22 AM

Which rooms are next to the bathrooms? (is there a layout online somewhere of the sleeper layouts?)

Someone mentioned the lower level was "clausterphobic"...but on the other hand, there's less sway and motion in the lower level. Just how tight is the lower level? Do you feel that much more closed in?


"claustrophobic" is a relative term. You won't feel more or less claustrophobic upstairs or downstairs. Think of the space as way less than a cruise ship, but a little more than a pop-up trailer.........

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 11:33 AM

The room location diagrams can be found at http://trainweb.org/...eeperplans.html

Though I prefer the upper level, I don't find the lower level claustrophobic. The lack of traffic on the lower level is actually very nice, though I don't think that factor outweighs the better views from the upper level.

By the way, before you agonize too much about upper v lower, you might call or email Amtrak and see if there are even any upper level rooms still available. The EB rooms book up quickly.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 11:44 AM


Someone mentioned the lower level was "clausterphobic"...but on the other hand, there's less sway and motion in the lower level. Just how tight is the lower level? Do you feel that much more closed in?

"claustrophobic" is a relative term. You won't feel more or less claustrophobic upstairs or downstairs.

I would tend to agree with rrdude and I'm a tall guy by any measure. The upper bunk will be a tight fit so put whoever is the most limber and/or least claustrophobic up there.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 01:00 PM

Which rooms are next to the bathrooms?

As shown in the diagram, there is no "public" rooms next to the bathrooms. Roomette #1 is - but that is the attendant's room. All the other bathrooms are on the lower level - and on the opposite side of the door/foyer.

Correction - The H-Room is next to the lower level rest rooms.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 01:25 PM


I have roommettes 13 and 14 reserved on the Builder. I was going to try and see if they had two upper levels available, but i think I might stick it out with what I have. This is my first trip so I wouldn't know the differences yet anyway.


If the Family Room is occupied, you may know! Roomettes #13 & #14 are right next to the Family Room!


I called to see if upstairs was available and was told that they are, but not at the price I paid. I like the prices I paid so I'll stick to where we are at. I looked at the trainweb layout and they are across from each other as opposed to next door like I thought. I think it'llbe alright as long as the Family is respectable. It has to be occupied. If not I may ask for the upgrade to it...<_<

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 01:32 PM

I called to see if upstairs was available and was told that they are, but not at the price I paid.

Despite the inaccurate claim of the reservation agent you spoke with there is no specific bucket or price tied to any given room of the same type in the same train. The reservation agent will need to manually adjust the price after moving you thanks to how the reservation system works, but it shouldn't cost you a single penny extra so long as you're not moving to a different date, time, or train number. If they refuse to offer you this service for free then ask for a supervisor.

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