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    Could we ask compensation for lack of SSL?

    With respect and in my opinion, to ask Amtrak for compensation for the lack of a SSL--based on my fifty+ years of working for and observing their operative response--compensation will be a day after the sun explodes.
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    So how does that 11 hr 58 minute layover in NOLA work?

    With all due respect to NOL and also--in my opinion--NOL is NOT a place to be staying for 12 hours in a station. A hotel is a better choice (although I am told that cab fares and hotel room rates have gotten very, very expensive). Unless changes to the station have been made in recent years...
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    Dining on Silver Star?

    This is not exactly on point. It has been over four years since House Representative John Mica was defeated and put out of office. I am afraid it is going to take still a while for dining car service on the east coast to return to a "respectable" level.
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    Favorite Sleeper car room?

    I know you cannot book this until very close to departure day if available, but I like Viewliner H.
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Thanks, zephyr17, for the concise update on VIA. I have paid little attention to VIA in the past twenty years. I loved that ride VAN-TOR in that drawing room in the observation car in 2000. From your description, the prestige class sounds like "luxury" type accommodations like maybe the...
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Subsequent to my post above, I got curious as to what that trip Vancouver to Toronto in that same drawing room for 2 people would cost TODAY 21 years later. Nearly had a stroke upon seeing the result. I should quit complaining about Amtrak high bedroom fares!!!!
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    I just remembered another fabulous drawing room trip: it was on Via Rail Canadian in the year 2000 Vancouver to Toronto. The "Park Car" I think it is called; a tapered-end dome observation last car on the train. The drawing room had been retrofitted with a private bathroom. I wonder what that...
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Thanks joelkfla for that info. It is true I cannot remember traveling in a drawing room on the Southern, only the Santa Fe Super Chief--but is still was a fabulous sleeping car space. I know it is 50+ years later, but can you imagine those fares compared to today??
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Just to be truthful and to soften my perceived overreaction to high bedroom fares for one person, the SCA on the Crescent did serve me two gin and tonics at dinner on both my northbound and southbound trips. This trip occurred just 4 and 6 days when daily service was returned to the Crescent...
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Another thought, back in the days of the heritage sleepers before the 1990's debut of the Viewliners, I would almost rather have a roomette as a bedroom. Other than not having an enclosed toilet and having to put the bed up to use the toilet, the seats seemed more plush and the beds more...
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Actually, I am reminded that Amtrak--or it may have been Southern Railway before it joined Amtrak--required an extra one-quarter rail fare (1/4) for one-person exclusive occupancy of a bedroom. This was probably in the 1970's and during the days of heritage sleepers and long before meals were...
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Hey, Larry H. Both meals?? The flex dining on the Crescent those days I travelled was NOT good. I am a 230-pound guy, but I do not believe I could have eaten two meals.
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Thanks for the reply niemi24s. YES, you are absolutely correct. When I booked in April I was searching for low bucket near the week the Crescent resumed daily service--so I picked 06/10/2021 & 06/12/2021 return and there were NO Bedrooms available. Just to ride and see the Moynihan Train Hall...
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    I think that those of us who prefer a bedroom to a roomette had (and I repeat: HAD) gotten used to paying premium price for it in general--for the larger space, the enclosed toilet, the private shower, etc.--the meals charge is just ancillary (in my opinion). Based on what have become...
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    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    Just to add my two cents worth: my favorite "cheap" sleeping car fare = Athens, GA to Richmond, VA Broad Street Station November 1966 Pullman Roomette $27.70 first class rail fare + $8.80 Pullman sleeping car ticket (the bedroom sleeping car ticket Richmond to Athens same trip was $19.10 + rail...
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