Posted 24 September 2017 - 03:17 PM
[quote name="Devil's Advocate" post="725178" timestamp="1506220847"]
[quote name="Maglev" post="725159" timestamp="1506210534"]
The direction the car faces, and which side your room is on, is almost totally random, being determined by the whims of the train yard crew. On the [i]California Zephyr,[/i] neither side is especially better than the other. Besides, the Sightseer Lounge car is the best place to be for scenic views of both sides and above.[/quote]
Amtrak really needs to reconsider this situation. It's a benefit to the customer to know which side they'll be on and it's a benefit to Amtrak to sell this knowledge and assurance as an up-charge. Amtrak needs to stop catering to operational laziness and managerial indifference.[/quote]
Well, considering that Amtrak specifically had them designed to run either end forward to reduce costs and time in switching, I really doubt that is going to happen. The previous generation of sleeping cars ordered by the railroads were set up with defined front and rear ends. Switch those in the wrong way and all the roomette seats were backward. Amtrak expressly chose a design in which they did not have to worry about the orientation.
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