i was on a sold out Silver Star in Coach earlier this month. When I boarded I was told to sit in one of 30 specified rows. Obviously these were seats for single travelers. At least I had a choice. I dislike being told where to sit. I have had my share of overweight and obnoxious seatmates…and agree if the train isn’t full please let us choose our own seats. Having both seats to yourself is the optimum when traveling Coach,especially overnight. Making the passenger as comfortable as possible should be a top priority.
On the same token - that big fat customer would no doubt appreciate being in a seat for two to spread out !
Like most airlines paying a premium fare one should get to select the seat in the premium fare area - - -
Some seats rows are more desirable - i.e. exit rows and bulkhead - - -
Using the rule first come first serve is fine - but fine tune it !
When a train is sold out to occupancy - not much can be done - except to fit all the puzzle pieces as best as can.