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Cal

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It's not really odd for sleeper passengers to not get scanned. The SCA has a manifest and he lets the conductor know if everyone "showed up". The conductor can then "check them off" on his device.
I don't recall a few of my trips, but from what I can remember, I've had my ticket scanned every time.
 

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Regarding ticket scanning, it was on the Northbound Silver Meteor where I boarded in FLL that my ticket never got scanned. I was concerned about that and questioned my SCA. He said that the Conductor knew I was aboard. I did have the trip properly recorded in my Amtrak Rewards account. But, the situation was odd, I thought.
OTOH the ticket non scanning can sometimes prove to be advantageous. There have been a few occasions when I was given AGR points for segments that I never traveled but had a ticket for.
 

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BTW, does anyone recall if the Slumbercoaches had carpeting, or the easier to clean linoleum floors? Cant' recall...🤔
No no carpeting. I was in a single slumercoach between Chicago and NYC and my parter and her child was in a double. It was in January and I recall the puddles on the floor from snowy/wet shoes, it was like a black rubber floor. How I miss those slumbercoaches. I slept so well except waking up at one point hearing my neighbor snoring below me
 

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I didn't get scanned one time when my train missed a connection in Pittsburgh, but I got it fixed in a few days.
 

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It is a sort of comforter instead of the cheap blanket, and new pillow cases (whether or not the actual pillows or bed sheets are new, I'm not sure). It is currently in use on the Auto Train.
How much more comfortable is it? Does it feel more premium? And are there any videos of it that you know of?
 

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How much more comfortable is it? Does it feel more premium? And are there any videos of it that you know of?

Here's the thread, and the first post has a short video:

 

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Here's the thread, and the first post has a short video:

Thanks. I really like the look of it (and the VII), but has it been implemented anywhere other than the Auto Train yet?

On another note, would love for the bedding and amenity kit to be implemented on all routes. And honestly, I would be OK if we didn't get a replacement for the superliners if they just got refurbished to match with the VII's. They simply look so much better and inviting, and closer to those of European sleepers.
 

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Regarding ticket scanning, it was on the Northbound Silver Meteor where I boarded in FLL that my ticket never got scanned. I was concerned about that and questioned my SCA. He said that the Conductor knew I was aboard.
Points can be dealt with, what you really want to avoid is having the balance of a reservation cancelled for a no show.
Too right. The TA-S said the conductor knew I was aboard the California Zephyr leaving Chicago. Someplace west of Denver, a conductor asked me (as I sat in the room) who I was. It turned out the original conductor had not marked me present and three continuation legs had been cancelled. The conductor got it all straightened out, but he needed to wait until he had cell service. It was a nerve-wracking time, with two lessons: seek out the conductor and ensure the ticket is lifted; and use multiple tickets for multiple legs if a guaranteed connection is not required. (That second lesson has been the subject of multiple threads here on AU.)
 
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Barb Stout

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This illustrates another reason that rooms should not be serviced until after the occupants have permanently departed at the trains terminus, instead forcing them out prior to that. Even at midpoints, it would be better to have new occupants just wait in the lounge until the room has been made ready.
There have been a few times on the SWC when we have been asked to wait in the sightseeing car upon boarding in Albuquerque while our room is being cleaned.
 

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With regard to being scanned in or checked off in order to get AGR points, I have never paid attention to being scanned in or checked off nor have I paid attention to whether I got all the AGR points that I "deserve". How long is it generally between the scan and when the AGR points appear in one's account?
 

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and use multiple tickets for multiple legs if a guaranteed connection is not required.
I always book separate legs. The few times that there has been a “gauranteed connection” issue, Amtrak staff just looks at my reservations and treats them the same as everyone else.

I know people say “it’s not guaranteed if you don’t book it together” but in my experiences the connection is still homered the same way. YMMV of course

I’m not sure why the conductor asked you who you were and not your SCA...
 

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Thanks. I really like the look of it (and the VII), but has it been implemented anywhere other than the Auto Train yet?

On another note, would love for the bedding and amenity kit to be implemented on all routes. And honestly, I would be OK if we didn't get a replacement for the superliners if they just got refurbished to match with the VII's. They simply look so much better and inviting, and closer to those of European sleepers.
WHINE! WHINE! WHINE! It's only been a few YEARS since they promised it! Look how long after the VL2 sleepers were delivered before they managed to put them on ONE route. You need to understand Amtrak's plan. The know the millennials prefer "traditional bedding" instead of the modern, more comfortable new "flex linens" so they don't want to rush it. They don't need you oldsters who demand traditional dining and new bedding.
Wait until you see how many decades it takes before they actually put the new engines and Amfleetreplacements in service. Don't expect them to be actually running in your lifetime.
Remember, it doesn't make Amtrak look good when you get what you pay for. Millennials expect to pay more and get less.
 

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WHINE! WHINE! WHINE! It's only been a few YEARS since they promised it! Look how long after the VL2 sleepers were delivered before they managed to put them on ONE route. You need to understand Amtrak's plan. The know the millennials prefer "traditional bedding" instead of the modern, more comfortable new "flex linens" so they don't want to rush it. They don't need you oldsters who demand traditional dining and new bedding.
Wait until you see how many decades it takes before they actually put the new engines and Amfleetreplacements in service. Don't expect them to be actually running in your lifetime.
Remember, it doesn't make Amtrak look good when you get what you pay for. Millennials expect to pay more and get less.
I'm actually quite young 😜

I don't fully understand why Amtrak would care what millennials think, as I don't think anybody, millennials and 'oldsters' want flex dining, yet they still have it.
 

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I’m not sure why the conductor asked you who you were and not your SCA...
I believe the SCA 'checked' him in at Chicago, and told him the conductor knew he was on board. So the SCA knew he was a paying customer and would not ask who he is. The problem is that the original conductor did not mark him on board, and so the legs were cancelled and he did not see him as a passenger on the system. Therefore, he asked who he was.

Did I get that right willem?
 

crescent-zephyr

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I believe the SCA 'checked' him in at Chicago, and told him the conductor knew he was on board. So the SCA knew he was a paying customer and would not ask who he is. The problem is that the original conductor did not mark him on board, and so the legs were cancelled and he did not see him as a passenger on the system. Therefore, he asked who he was.

Did I get that right willem?
Oh yes I understood that... but why wouldn’t the Conductor ask the SCA who was in “room x” before questioning the passenger?
 

Cal

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Oh yes I understood that... but why wouldn’t the Conductor ask the SCA who was in “room x” before questioning the passenger?
I mean, I assume he got on in Denver. So he might have just been going throughout the train, checking up, and ran into him before the SCA?
 

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I’m not sure why the conductor asked you who you were and not your SCA...
I was there. The attendant wasn't. The manifest said the room was unoccupied. He wanted to clear things up right away. All guesswork, of course.
Did I get that right willem?
Cal, you read that the way I did at first, but then I realized that crescent-zephyr was probably asking why the conductor didn't ask the attendant (as crescent-zephyr later confirmed).
 

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Cal, you read that the way I did at first, but then I realized that crescent-zephyr was probably asking why the conductor didn't ask the attendant (as crescent-zephyr later confirmed).
Gotchya
 
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