My nephew is currently on the Empire Builder (#8 - 6/24) going from Seattle to Chicago. It was one of the last seats on a full train, and the only seat available was on the lower level. People on the train are saying there are more cars than normal in the consist. He is riding facing backwards. I asked him to check around, and see if all the cars are that way, or only his. He reported back that ONLY THE LOWER LEVEL COMPARTMENT IN HIS CAR has all the seats facing backwards -- the rest of the train, and the upper level in his car, are all facing forwards. Of course, I told him to spend more time in the SSL. He's enjoying the trip, and hoping to get to CHI close enough to on-time to spend a couple hours with his brother who lives there, before getting on the Cap Ltd. Has anyone else been on a Superliner car with their seats facing backwards? I have taken many trips on western trains, and I walk the train every time, and I have never seen this.