Calif Zephyr sleeper car question

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My sister and myself will be taking a amtrak train for the first time in June. We are going from chicago to sacramento on the zephyr. My question is I know there is coffee available on the sleeper car. But is there access to hot water as my sister prefers tea and is wondering if she brought her own tea bags would she have access to hot water. I am wondering if you have access in the sleeper car to drinkable water and is it cold or is there access somewhere to ice? We each will have our own roommette and I can't see anywhere in those where you can put a cup so would it be better to bring your own cup with a lid for the trip.
 
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Your attendant can help with the ice, there is potable water, but your SCA will provide bottled water as well. I don't remember if we had in car HW or if we went to the diner or lounge to pick it up. Your SCA will be able to advise you what is up on your train. I can't recall if the little table that folds out from the wall or the window sill has depressions on it for cups to keep the from sliding. I' sure someone will answer.
 

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My sister and myself will be taking a amtrak train for the first time in June. We are going from chicago to sacramento on the zephyr. My question is I know there is coffee available on the sleeper car. But is there access to hot water as my sister prefers tea and is wondering if she brought her own tea bags would she have access to hot water. I am wondering if you have access in the sleeper car to drinkable water and is it cold or is there access somewhere to ice? We each will have our own roommette and I can't see anywhere in those where you can put a cup so would it be better to bring your own cup with a lid for the trip.
There are cup holders on both sides of the table but they are very shallow. A cup with a lid would be wise.
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"Customers are entitled to hot water in cafe/lounge cars by request." A good SCA will fetch it for you; a lazy one may tell you to get it yourself. I don't think it's available in the car. The coffee station is just a percolator or an urn.

Bottled water is supplied, and additional bottles should be available from the SCA or out at the coffee station. It is room temperature.
 

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The "cup holders" are very shallow and not to be trusted.

Coffee is available in the car from 6 to 9 am. Some attendants keep coffee on most of the day, some don't. Policy is 6 to 9.

Hot water is NOT available in the car. You can get some from the cafe car attendant for free. Your SCA should get ice. They no longer have ice in the car, they have to get it from the diner or lounge.
 
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I am an all day coffee drinker. Amtrak coffee is pretty weak and coffee service varies wildly from SCA to SCA. Coffee wasn't even available in sleeping car my last trip Feb 2021. I found a great way to have my coffee and drink it too ;) I found a very slim and compact coffee maker that uses k-cups and a 14 oz. travel mug (which sat very well in cup indention) You can use it to heat water for tea too. I can't provide link but it is called 'chefman instacoffee' available at walmart.com. it packs well in suitcase as its profile isn't very large.
 
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