From reading the various posts to this thread, it is my understanding that moosejunky99 had a confirmed bedroom reservation on a train that was supposed to have had two sleeping cars. For some reason, one of these sleepers was cut from the consist on short notice. In the sleeping car that was cut, a party of six had reserved two adjoining bedrooms. To accommodate them, Amtrak arbitrarily moved moosejunky99 to a roomette and gave moosejunky99's bedroom (and the adjoining one) to the party of six. In making this switch, Amtrak did not consult moosejunky99 first.
I have several questions about the manner in which Amtrak handled this situation.
If moosejunky99 had been traveling with a companion, would Amtrak have moved both of them to a roomette in order to accommodate the party of six?
If no roomette had been available, would moosejunky99 have been downgraded to coach?
If the train had been sold out with no roomettes or coach seats available, would moosejunky99 have been allowed to keep the bedroom?
If moosejunky99 was a senior and/or had special needs that required a bedroom, would the switch still have been made?
If moosejunky99 had been contacted in advance and had refused to give up the bedroom, would Amtrak still have taken it away?
As has already been mentioned, the only way to be sure of having a bedroom on a long-distance train is to have a reservation in the first or “base” sleeper; the one that isn’t removed from the train in the event of an equipment shortage. It would now seem that even having a “base” sleeper reservation isn’t an absolute guarantee that your bedroom reservation will be honored. This could present a big problem to seniors or to those who can no longer make a long-distance train trip in coach or a roomette. Given the limited number of available roadworthy sleeping cars, if you lose a bedroom during the peak travel season, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to reserve another one until months later. (I know this for a fact as it happened to us!)