1 of 3. Hubby and I are going coach Chicago to New Orleans on Amtrak 3/23-3/29. I have read previous posts on which side of the train to sit on, but... I have also read that Amtrak #59 pulls out of Chicago backwards and then reverses on the track not far down the line, therefore traveling engine first to New Orleans. So if I want to be on the left side for entire trip, I should start out on the right? If I want to be on the right side for entire, I should start out on the left? I hear the train reverses close to if not right in NOLA, but by then I won't care, LOL! 2 of 2. Is the train empty in Chicago when you board, going southbound? 3 of 3. Is it usually very full? And my thoughts in closing... sounds like we take our luggage on, that there is no baggage check. That we should expect delays due to freights getting preferential treatment on the lines. That hopefully hubby will get to sit next to me, but no guarantee! That we are not to expect the best of service and that maybe the dining car is only available to Coach after sleeper/bedroom patrons have cleared out or maybe coach can use the cafe? Kind of a bummer, but I'm okay with that because of the cost savings of a coach vs. the other choices. Thanks in advance for anyone's help!