Well, hope that means they are planning to reinstate the 31 car line on Seattle section of the Builder by August. They aren't running it right now, just the 30 car and the transdorm (whose line number on the Builder escapes me).Had no problem getting a BR on Eastbound EB mid-Aug. 831C.
Yeah, but I seem to recall that that general usage wasn't used on the Builder and the Builder's transdorm was like a 32 car line. But I am not sure either way.Dorm cars are usually the 40 car
Well, according Siegmund, that car line number can be a transdorm if it running the short consist with only one regular sleeper as it is right now. I know the Builder doesn't use the regular 40 car line number for the transdorm, so Siegmund may well be right.I'm in car 831 on the EB in mid July. with a roomette. So if I follow all the above, that's a regular sleeper. Yes?
There was a photo in Trains Magazine from the 50s I believe showing the combined set of cars from Union Pacific trains, like the City Of St. Louis, and City of Chicago ect. I counted the passenger cars on the photo and they were running 38 passenger cars with four engines. Personally we rode the CN across Canada in month before Amtrak was founded, they had 22 passenger cars on that train and we were in the rear car on it. Quite a walk to the Station in Vancouver! Besides no one has ever said why a freight train can haul a 100 cars and a passenger train would be limited to say 12?Train lengths used to be double that of which they are. Both in the East and in the West. Agreed, that that cannot be a reason.
All the evidence I can see points to sleeper cars simply not being available.In a different thread, we raised the question as to why Amtrak couldn’t add more sleepers to its long-distance trains and/or run trains with just sleepers to meet the increased demand for roomettes and bedrooms.
What about platform length?Besides no one has ever said why a freight train can haul a 100 cars and a passenger train would be limited to say 12?
For whatever reason, they don't follow the 40 car line number practice for the transdorm on the Builder.I believe the Arrow Computer system is programmed so that it knows the 40 car is a dorm car and will sell only that type of room if opened for sale. If a train has one sleeper and a Dorm is should be a 30 car and a 40 car.
This also begs the question as to why they can't simply extend the platforms.Longer trains will need to locate coach passengers in one or two cars for boarding or getting off at short platform locations. Then only 2 stops the other for occasional sleeper passenger. If checked bags location then would require a 2nd or 3rd stop. Conductor or AC need to maintain this especially late at night.
As promised, I stopped by Everett station this evening to have a look at 8.I think I'll go out occasionally over the next few weeks to have a look at 8's consists. I'll post how many sleepers there are.
This is Amtrak. So it would be more accurate to say "x loses less money than y" rather than "x is more profitable than y."I would like to think sleepers are profitable, but I've never seen any figures that would indicate whether they are profitable or not. If we did indeed have some figures indicating that the sleepers are profitable, it would make a strong case for expanding the sleeper fleet.
Probably the same reason why they just simply can't order more sleepers. $.This also begs the question as to why they can't simply extend the platforms.