We're in car 0540 on the California Zephyr westbound from Chicago on Dec 28. What can anyone tell me about these cars? How are they different from a regular Superliner Sleeper?
There are actually 2 Showers Upstairs on Transdorms, one designated for the Crew and 1 for any Revenue Passengers in the Transdorm.( the one that Passengers use is combined with a Restroom. I've not seen the Crew Shower myself.)There are a couple of different versions downstairs wise, and a wide range of opinions on them. The upper level will be all roomettes, no bedrooms. One end is used for OBS, the other end for revenue. Service may be provided by the adjacent car LSA, sometimes by a coach attendant. That can be good or bad depending on the individual assigned, and your need for attention. It may have less foot traffic, but if sleepers are up front, you will hear more horn. You may or may not need to go to an adjacent car for coffee. I don't recall if they all do, but I recall an upstairs shower on one I was in.
I have seen passengers in the Transition H room twice. Once was an Amtrak employee who had mobility issues. I was a member of a group traveling with her and went down to visit her a few times. Another time, an AU member who was booked in another H room was moved to the transition H room (I believe on the Empire Builder) because the other H room was "bad." I was allowed to go visit him. The SCA was excellent and accommodated the passenger as best as he could.Makes sense, although I do believe that the H room must be sellable for the car to be "legal" as a revenue car. That being said, I've never seen anyone in it.
There are actually 2 Showers Upstairs on Transdorms, one designated for the Crew and 1 for any Revenue Passengers in the Transdorm.( the one that Passengers use is combined with a Restroom. I've not seen the Crew Shower myself.)
The Shower downstairs is also used by the Crew since downstairs is " Off Limits" to Non-Crew Members.
Makes sense, although I do believe that the H room must be sellable for the car to be "legal" as a revenue car. That being said, I've never seen anyone in it.
Please let me know what part of my post you feel isn't correct Steve. I've ridden in Superliner Transdorms perhaps 100 times( all of the Superliner LD Routes except the Coast Starlight), and my Post is based on what I've seen with my own eyes, and been told by Crew Members on the Cars I was on.Jim your spitting falsehoods here. Your entire post is false. Sorry bud.
No it's not. Room H in the dorm car is only used should an H room become bad ordered. So for instance say the H room in the 30 car has an issue, the occupant of that room may be moved to the dorm car.
I guess. With that being said, I thought I heard that the transition sleepers (superliner equipment) HAS an accessible bedroom but is rarely used/booked? (correct me if I'm wrong..)Since there is no accessible room in the bag dorm, I am very surprised they can legally be sold.
All I can tell you, like all things Amtrak, is "It Depends!"( a Lawyers phrase)Our reservation was just changed to a Superliner transdorm this weekend for a trip in a couple weeks.
I have been searching and reading about the experience here, some info is older and may be out of date. Some questions are answered, but a few remain.
- Is there a luggage area for a large suitcase like on a normal sleeper?
- Do we board on this car, or do we have to board on the nearest sleeper?
- I have read no customers downstairs, then I read other posts about the restrooms and showers and four chair area being downstairs and people boarding downstairs (old post), so will we likely be allowed downstairs?
- If there is a luggage area on the transdorm, and we have have to board on the next sleeper over, does that mean I need to plan to hump heavy gear into one Superliner, up the stairs, down the hall to the next car, and possibly down stairs to the luggage area?
less important, just curious:
-If there is no luggage area downstairs, what is the space used for on the transdorm?
-Is the Conductor/special small window room still used for anything or is it closed and just not used for anything at all?
Our home station has no checked bags so I just want to be prepared to carry (like request the wife have her things packed efficiently as I carry her heavy bags too). I am sure it will all work out ok, I just want to look like I know what I am doing and not be clueless.All I can tell you, like all things Amtrak, is "It Depends!"( a Lawyers phrase)
Since there are several different configurations of Transdorms, you won't know till you board what type you'll be in, and it will depend on the Crew also.
Sometimes you have your own Atttendant, sometimes the SCA from the next door Sleeper will tale care of your car, and once on the CZ I had a Coach Attendat from the rear of the Train as my SCA.
On a couple of the trips I was on, the Conductors Room you ask about was used as a Coffee/Juice/Water Station.
If your Big Bag(s)are heavy, and there is Checked Luggage from your departure and Arrival Station, consider taking just what you'll need on the trip as carry on, and Check your Big bag(s)!
Why was an engineer in the passenger part of the train?In June I was downgraded from a bedroom on the SWC to a transdorm roomette on the CZ (my choice to re-route on the CZ rather than be in coach on the SWC).
I can confirm that I boarded directly into the transdorm sleeper and that there was luggage storage on the lower level as on the normal Superliner sleepers. Part of the area downstairs was a crew rest/seating space (I had some lengthy conversations with both the conductor and an engineer down there whilst we were stopped for 12 hours due to coupling failure on a freight train).
The engineer did explain - I had quipped with him that he needed to be in the locomotive in case we got the ROW - but for the life of me I can't remember his response.Why was an engineer in the passenger part of the train?
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