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#1 rile42

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:26 PM

I just took a trip in coach on the Capitol Limited between Cleveland and Washington. Instead of the metal button at the end of the arm rest to return the seat to upright, there was a plastic handle. There was the same plastic handle below that to drop the lower leg rest instead of the black plastic ball on a metal rod. Was there a refurbishment of the seats in some Viewliner coaches?
If there was, did they change the amount of room each seat could recline? It seemed as if my seat didn't recline nearly as far back as I've experienced. It also seemed as if we had less legroom.
If it was a refurbished coach, somebody dropped the ball. I was seated in the second row of seats and the door malfunctioned most of the entire trip. It would start to close, usually several minutes after it sould have, and then ram itself open numerous times before it would finally close. Oh well, it was still an enjoyable trip.
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#2 AlanB

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:42 PM

Viewliner's don't operate on the Capitol Limited, so you couldn't have been in a Viewliner seat. :o

On top of that, Viewliners only exist in sleeper form currently, there are no Viewliner coaches in existance.
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#3 OlympianHiawatha

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:53 PM

Amtrak has been "upgrading" the Superliner Coach seats, which is what you experienced. Many riders don't like the new seats because of the sloping arm rest.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:08 PM

No such thing as a Viewliner coach. Capitol Limited is all Superliner.

Edited by zephyr17, 15 September 2011 - 10:09 PM.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 06:54 AM

Amtrak really needs to rethink their seat policy. The only decent seats are on the acela and on the Midwest bc cars and on the surfliner cars.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:22 AM

If it was a refurbished coach, somebody dropped the ball. I was seated in the second row of seats and the door malfunctioned most of the entire trip. It would start to close, usually several minutes after it sould have, and then ram itself open numerous times before it would finally close. Oh well, it was still an enjoyable trip.

Did any of the train or OBS crew ever try to fix that at all? It seems like something was obstructing the door track and the door was sensing that as a person in the way and was opening to accommodate. Then again maybe there was something more severe wrong with it.



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