I like the hook and strap better on the IIs better than the narrow closet on the Is.
No real way to know which you are going to get, both are distributed over the system. There are a few more Is than IIs, though.
They don't provide blankets any more and have not for some time.
The cafe sells "comfort packs" with a blanket, but they often sell out.
Bring a blanket or a beach towel which can serve as a blanket and a travel pillow if you have one.
Viewliner II roomettes have sinks.
Amtrak reservations agents are pretty well known for their lack of knowledge of conditions in the field, especially for long distance trains.
They reliably quote you a price and book a ticket. That is the extent of their reliability.
If you appear to be likely to miss your train, call Amtrak reservations and see about rebooking. You may find they have already rebooked you. You will likely be reaccommodated in coach with your business class surcharge refunded, since business class is reserved and often sells out.
It wasn't supposed a knock on the stew, which is okay if a bit salty.
It is you only get the served the free stew on Amtrak when your train is catastrophically late. It is a marker for having been on super (8+hour) late trains and are still riding Amtrak.
I wonder why the didn't bus bridge between Albuquerque and Winslow or Flagstaff? That has been their usual response in the past when lines have been unexpectedly closed.
It would have been much less disruptive.
Well, I have to say that if this keeps up, i will abandon my belief that Amtrak is being secretly run by Ben Biaggini's zombie. The campaign to drive off long distance passengers just may be ending.
Now, about those schedules...
There are many places where states have kicked in for new track and sidings in exchange for more service or improved service. Oregon paid to extend a siding in Oregon City. Washington paid for double tracking along the Golden Gardens shoreline in Seattle, triple tracking in Kalama, the now...
In KC the current facility still beats the one built into the parking garage.
They don't need any more than what they have.
The only change I'd make at KC would be to put the Amtrak facility at the end of the concourse, close to the single remaining platform. Yes, it is a long walk, but that...
All diners (well, the Superliners anyway) used to carry emergency canned stew rations onboard at all times, at least before COVID and flex. If the dining car is functional, that is likely what you'll get if the train is catastrophically late.
Having eaten the stew, yet still riding, is the...
Canned Dinty Moore Stew over rice is the typical Amtrak emergency ration for catastrophically late long distance trains, typically 8 hours and more late. It's usually served to all passengers who want it for free. The service is usually pretty regimented.
I've eaten the stew many times...
Well, "saving the diners" was one of the major reasons they bundled meals into the sleeper fares in the first place. I know back before that I almost never ate 3 meals a day in the diner, although I usually ate one or two.