Real Lead Service Attendant
- Dec 14, 2008
- Somewhere between VAC and EUG
The issue is...when this train had the sleepers cut years ago, Boston lost all sleepers attendants. Thus when the train regained the sleeper, the attendants are out of DC. To my understanding, the car runs down to Newport News and back, empty, and with no attendant. The attendant getting off 67 must try to do their best to clean the car before they detrain in DC, which can leave the car in a pretty rough condition for the return trip on 66.A friend who is a long time rail passenger told me about his recent trip on the sleeper on No. 66.
When sleeping car passengers went to board the car in DC, they could not do so and were held on the platform. The conductor subsequently explained that the problem was that when the train arrived in DC from Newport News, it was discovered that the sleeping car had not been "made up." (I do not know where this car is supposed to be serviced and cleaned from the previous trip). Apparently, the attendant was in the process of franticly trying to get the car ready to receive passengers. After some time, the conductor told the sleeping car passengers to board one of the coaches and they could go to the sleeper when the car was ready. My friend reported that this was very inconvenient for some sleeper passengers who were traveling with a child and for some older passengers who had luggage. The family traveling with their child indicated that their earlier trip in sleeper on 67 from Boston to DC had gone smoothly.
One alternative they have is to have the attendants change out in WAS, and have someone continue on with the equipment to NPN, and make the car a revenue car for that duration. This would require an odd situation where your sleeper attendant may change out mid-trip, which is far from ideal. The other option is to have the sleeper run directly behind the engine (and moving the bag car to the rear), so the car can be cut in/out alongside the engine change. This would have the sleeper in earshot of additional noise (bell/horn), though based on the time of night, would only really be an issue around Southeastern Connecticut and Southwestern Rhode Island.
As someone who use to frequently work this train, I agree with you regarding announcements.No announcements should be made on any car on trains 65/66/67 between 10p and 6a period (unless there's an emergency). This pissed me off to no end during one trip I took on 67 in coach before they brought the sleeper back. The BOS based conductors announced there would be no announcements after 10p so set an alarm if you're getting off before 6a. As soon as we got to NYP the new crew got on the PA was just blasting everyone with useless announcements for the rest of the trip (as well as making a racket and yakking when moving through the coaches). I filed a complaint and I'm still waiting for a response.
However, in defense of the crews that were making announcements, according to the Service Standards manual, there are NO quiet hours on Regionals, so the BOS crews have always been in the wrong by dimming the lights, and making no announcements.
Just want to make sure your anger is directed at the right party, and it's not the conductors in this case. Traditionally 65/66/67 have seen crews ignore the rules and treat it as a long haul, in the sense that lights get dimmed, and no announcements will be made between 11-6. However, they are technically in violation of the guidelines for a Regional, and get in trouble for doing so.