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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    Here's another thing to consider, depending on how tight your schedule is once you depart CHI and what you plan to do once getting off the train in EMY. About two hours and eighty some miles before EMY lies Sacramento with a quite nice railroad museum, which I'm sure would be big hit with at...
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    Southwest Chief Route Missing in Reservations

    This is an amended version of the chart shown in Post #3:
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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    I don't find it the least bit surprising. Family Bedrooms (the scarcest sleeper) on one of the more scenic Amtrak routes and during (I think) the first month of Summer vacation for many secondary schools.
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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    I've no idea how many there are on any specific train other than each car only has one. My ". . .six. . ." referred to the number of travel dates that at least one Family Bedroom was shown as available for booking out of the fifteen travel dates in that period.
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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    I really have no recommendation as far as rooms on upper level vs. lower level and have had both. Here's a car floor plan in case you haven't seen one: Upper level rooms have the advantages of: • Being able to see things from higher up with views not as readily blocked by rolling stock on...
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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    That $1332 figure was for a low bucket Bedroom - my bad - edited it. Only six Family Bedrooms are available during the 2 Jun through 7 Jul period. The low bucket fare of $1181 on 2 Jun, and five other high bucket fares of $2074 on various dates.
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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    That $1238 is the cheapest fare for the three of you all in two Roomettes. The cheapest Family Bedroom would be $1332. Sorry that wasn't clear in my previous post (now edited).
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    Cardinal or Lake Shore Limited going West

    If a portion of your return trip is from CHI to NYP, be advised the Cardinal and LSL do have identical fare structures.
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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    Thanks. As of noon today, all June travel days are high bucket at $2,216 except for the 2nd and 7th at $1,968 and the 30th at $1,720. Here are the five possible fares for your trip: $1238, 1488, 1720, 1968 and 2216. Check often. Everyone here has their own pet theory on Amtrak fare...
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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    Another consideration is the ability to clean the outsides of windows at station stops for better viewing and photos if the room(s) are on the lower level. Train windows tend to get dirty from diesel smoke from the locomotives and dust - especially if they get wet from rain - especially if...
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    California Zephyr With 2 Kids - Family Bedroom vs 2 Roomettes

    If you refer to the fare charts here... Long Distance Train Coach & Sleeper Fares (Buckets) ...you'll notice that it's possible two Roomettes could be cheaper than one Family Bedroom for the three of you provided you have some flexibility in your travel date. In addition, consider that the...
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    Long Distance Train Coach & Sleeper Fares (Buckets)

    Thanks for the kind words. Have another one in the works that'll feature some loop trips made up of two or three different trains and maybe a few end points to junctions (or between two junctions) with other trains that haven't already been posted. BTW, for estimates on the three sleeper...
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    Long Distance Train Coach & Sleeper Fares (Buckets)

    Had previously posted a bucket chart showing lowest fares from end points to the highest ridership intermediate station. Here's one to the second highest ridership stations: Sleeper fares for an additional adult/youth can be found by adding the Coach fare followed by the > symbol. Fares in...
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    Roomette or Bedroom: Chief to Los Angeles from Chicago?

    And just in case you weren't aware of it, there are two different trains that go between Chicago and Los Angeles: The Southwest Chief and the Texas Eagle. Both have the same fare structures which can be seen. So you could not only take different rooms on your round trip, but different trains...
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    New Considering SW Chief

    That's because you're probably entering 2 adults and 2 youths (13-18 year olds) and you need two rooms for that many. The website's not flexible enough to allow booking 4 people in two different types of rooms. Just do 2 people at a time and it ought to work just fine. And do that twice, as...
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