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I'm Booked For My First Sleeper Car Trip, Now What?


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#41 Ryan

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:08 PM

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 03:10 PM

I might have hit a snag. Back in September, I started having back issues, which has culminated in me being in almost constant pain as of today. I am scheduled to have lower back surgery on March 23, just 13 days after my trip. I was looking at the Viewliner Roomette specifications, and I am not sure if I will be comfortable in that small a room. I am a large person, with a 60-inch waist. Add to the fact I now have back pain. I really still want to make this trip, as I have been planning for a long time. I do have a handicapped parking placard, as well as an official person with a disability form. I am asking all you people on the forum: What should I do? 



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Posted 11 February 2018 - 03:17 PM

The Silver Meteor has 3 "H" rooms, one in each car.  They often sell out, but not always.  I would phone Amtrak to see if there are H rooms available for your trip and if you qualify to switch rooms at no extra cost.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 06:11 PM

Thanks. They’ve changed my leg of the trip from PHL to ELT. I’m now on train 43. I’ve decided to keep my trip on. I should be okay in a Roomette. Plus, I’ve been waiting for this trip a long time.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 08:04 AM

Tomorrow is the big day! I’m going to take Lyft from my hotel to the Kissimmee station. Is there anything else I need to know?


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 08:27 AM

Is there anything else I need to know?


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HAVE FUN! Someone’s first time in a sleeper is always a very special experience!

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 08:28 AM

Have a great trip! 



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 08:56 AM

ENJOY!!!


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:03 PM

Have a wonderful trip and let us know what you think of the Meteor and 30th Street Philly! :)



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:32 PM

Keep in mind that if for any reason you do not wish to use the dining car, you can make arrangements with your SCA to have your meal brought to your roomette. The earlier you can let them know, the better, it helps with timing.



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:58 PM

I recommend the diner. The interaction with other travelers is part of what makes train travel special.

I think you will enjoy the boarding process.

Have a great trip.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:40 PM

I completely agree about the diner, but the o-p mentioned physical limitations that may influence their decision......I just brought it up so they were aware they have an option available as opposed to skipping the meal.....



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 03:02 PM

Tomorrow is the big day! I’m going to take Lyft from my hotel to the Kissimmee station. Is there anything else I need to know?


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I will listen for your train when you pass through Orlando and I will wave.  Enjoy your trip!


Amtrak miles: 244,301; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion, Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Runner, Acela Express, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, NE Regional, Downeaster, Piedmont, Carolinian, Lincoln Service, Autumn Express 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, Empire Service, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pennsylvanian, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Ethan Allen Express, AEM-7 Excursion, Pacific Surfliner, Palmetto.  VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian, Ocean; Alaska RR Denali Star: 356 miles


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 03:28 PM

Enjoy the trip and take lots of photos so you can remember the trip later.



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 03:35 PM

I completely agree about the diner, but the o-p mentioned physical limitations that may influence their decision......I just brought it up so they were aware they have an option available as opposed to skipping the meal.....

 

Good point.  With unmovable "one size fits some" booths Amtrak dining can be an uncomfortable fit for some passengers.  If sitting in the diner requires an extended period of physical discomfort then it might be best to enjoy a meal in the room instead.


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 01:40 AM

I will say that though the roomette seems small in pictures and when checking the dimensions, it feels much bigger when you're inside. So I wouldn't worry about feeling cramped or claustrophobic. I really don't think that you'll be smushed in the diner – and it will be a Viewliner II so it's airy and spacious. I would recommend you stick with the roomette, and try to eat in the diner. If it really is uncomfortable, eat in your room. And if when you're on board, the roomette just isn't gonna work, you can see if the H room is available. If so, find out what it would cost, and if the attendant or conductor is REALLY nice, they just might let you stay in there for free. Or maybe they'll let you sit in it during the day. Not likely, but theoretically possible. Just remember to tip well!


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