My brother and sister-in-law just arrived back to their physical home on the east coast after a west coast job driven by need from a couple of years ago. They came back SEA to CHI and CHI to WAS, sleeper class both legs. While I will not inquire with him about cost, I can post that these were their observations on both legs: (1) Amtrak Employees were courteous and tried to make the experience memorable, (2) the food sucked (my brother's candid reply) and (3) SEA to CHI was practically devoid of Coach Class ridership, Sleepers, on the other hand were full. Not sure about CHI to WAS, but they were on-time at all points in the journey. They will reverse course in about 30 days, heading back to the west coast Reservations were already in place before the Draconian 3-Day LD plans. The train option was more favorable to them than flying at this particular time, even though neither of them had what one would say was 'extensive' train travel experience.