Southwest Chief #3 in 2015 - between Raton and Las Vegas. You could hear the rain hitting the top of the car.
Flash flood warning was transmitted to engineer by the dispatcher (its nice to have a scanner).
Normally dry washes were surging with muddy water.
We leave the upper bunk "down" the entire trip and the couch in the sitting position the entire trip. My wife sleeps there just fine.
We don't like losing the floor space when the couch is in the bed position.
We communicate that to the SCA and pretty much handle it all ourselves.
One coach and one sleeper (421/422) are moved between the SL and TE in San Antonio. That happened even when the TE had a "dining" car - a Cross Country Cafe and offered traditional dining (pre-covid).
Most passengers sleep through the switching move.
Other railroads do the same sometimes.
On the Southwest Chief (mostly BNSF the entire route) at the end of July, we had an on-time departure from LAX and were 1:18 late at Riverside (third stop); 4:36 late into Chicago.
On the Sunset Limited mid-August we departed NOL on time and were 2:14 late...
A time I recall where eating in our room was preferable to the diner was several times when we were in the Texas Eagle sleeper (421/422) on the Sunset Limited. The walk through all those coaches to the diner was more than my wife could handle. Except for that, we eat in the diner.
We've done both and prefer the dining car. Two people in a room/roomette with plates, etc. on the little table doesn't compare to the larger dining car table.
Never had a bad experience in the dining car with other passengers at our table, its an enjoyable experience and an opportunity to mingle...