448/449 is one coach during the winter, but for the rest of the year it is 2 coaches. Right now, the coaches seem to be pretty full on a regular basis between Boston and Albany, from some Amtrak website sample bookings.Whenever I view the webcam at Elkhart, there is just one coach and one sleeper designated 448 or 449. Plus a cafe car. That's it between Boston and Albany. Is there that low of a ridership demand? Seems a waste of resources, and adds time to the overall trip due to the time spent in Albany switching.
Would not a coach-only service (with one of the coaches being a hybrid coach/cafe) be sufficient and also a better idea. Boston sleeper pax could switch to or from a sleeper west of Albany.
For the sleeper, I would keep in mind that the 448/449 sleeper is also capacity for those traveling between Chicago and Albany and vice versa, which may mean an empty sleeper making the ALB-NYP run.
Keep in mind as well that the LSL is more of a corridor train pretending to be a long distance train. When I ride CHI-ROC, I'm always in the 448 cars. Those cars pick up a good deal of Boston bound passengers as the train heads eastbound through NY state.