Height of beds off floor (inches) for handicapped traveller?

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Bill T.

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Bill, if you are still reading this, I suggest you catch the Zephyr or Starlight from Emeryville to Martinez or Sacramento or something like that in a sleeper, then take the Cap Corridor or San Joaquin back to your car. Also check out the coach seats on the trip, they might recline enough for your relative. The $100 or so fare is ridiculous for such a short distance but could be well worth it. The Zephyr would be during breakfast so you could check out food, too. Interrogate the sleeping car attendant (and tip accordingly) about things like converting the seats to a bed. Take the relative if she wants, Martinez is around 45 minutes, if you book to SAC and it isn't working, just get off early. Note that sleeper fare for two people is one sleeper plus two coaches, approximately.
Thank you Alice that's a great idea. Do a little test trip with kids, they love a train ride just for fun.
 
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Bill T.

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I cannot imagine how your relative is going to navigate the tight winding stairwell based on what you've already told us. If your relative struggles with being driven or flown somewhere then riding Amtrak will also be a serious struggle. I suggest you take your own trip and scope it out first as I'm afraid this thread may be giving unrealistic advice.
Thank you I agree, to be very careful. It's a strange situation...as we said earlier, can't sit in a wheelchair or a transfer chair, a bit wobbly but legs otherwise pretty strong.

Spiral staircases are great as long as she can grab the railings, but what are the odds there will be a missing section of railing in a key spot? Clearly a short test trip with a tape measure is in order.

We've looked at renting or buying a properly equipped RV instead, but the train seems more fun. I guess we'll see how it pans out.
 
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