Train 6 - Directional Positioning of Sleeping Cars?

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On Train 6, heading east of course, is there a tendency for sleeping cars to be positioned bedrooms first, or vice versa? Are the sleepers at the head of the train or the rear?

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On my solo T6 headed east, the sleepers were at the front of the train.
Closer to the locomotives - - -
Maybe that is to lull one to sleep listening to the train horn ! LOL !

Motion for some folks can be an issue -
Unless sufficiently knocked out - motion movement train station stops can inhibit a good nights rest.
Riding head first or feet first or laterally each has its own degree of comfort to fall fast to sleep.

I would suppose that the standard uniform arrangement of each train consist maybe troublesome
with the station (termination/origination) having the ability to move the cars around to meet that standard.

Just as long as a rookie engineer doesn't jolt you out of bed -
Dream along with me I am on my train to heaven !
 

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The sleepers have been at the front of 5/6 and 3/4 for the past several years. The orientation of a specific car is difficult to predict. Bedrooms could be at the front one time and roomettes at the front the next time. I’m not sure if there is supposed to be a certain way of doing this.
 

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On Train 6, heading east of course, is there a tendency for sleeping cars to be positioned bedrooms first, or vice versa?
They used to try to position the Family Bedroom facing forward, which meant bedrooms forward/roomettes to the rear of the car. Lately consists have been reconfigured, so all bets are off.
 
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I think the proper orientation of sleepers is to have Bedrooms adjacent to the diner or coaches to give the Roomette hallway more privacy. I had never considered orientation of the sofa in the Family Bedroom to be important, although in that orientation three of the five Bedrooms also have sofas facing forward.
 

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The most common orientation I have observed is having the Roomettes closer to the front of the train, with the Bedrooms facing the Diner/Lounge/Coach cars.

I found it confusing the few times this has been reversed, since you see a very long row of roomettes. I'm accustomed to seeing this when I know I'm approaching the transition car, but not before.
 

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To give a Lawyer answer, It depends!😄

As has been said, you wont know till you board, and since there is more than one Sleeper on the Zephyr( 2-3) plus the Transdorm,one may have the Bedrooms @ the Back, towards the Diner, the next @ the front towards the Transdorm and Engine etc.

And you might have a Superliner I and a II, 2 Superliner Is or 2 Superliner IIs. YMMV
 
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I've wondered about sleeping car alignment as it affects the direction of the shower. Last October on #8 I was kind of flung against the back wall of the shower (no harm done) when the train jolted as it came to a stop at a station. If it had been aligned in the opposite direction, I would probably have gone through the door out into the dressing area.
 

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Thanks for the feedback.....

Am I correct that Amtrak is not selling rooms in the transition sleeper during the pandemic? I liked those rooms because you knew which side of the train you'd be on (for scenery and sun angle). Is it true that pre-Amtrak, sleeping cars were almost always oriented in a fixed direction and you knew which side of the train you'd be on.....much as you know this when selecting an airline seat or ship's cabin today?
 

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Shouldn't you sleep feet first? That way if your train hits something or derails your feet will be broken instead of your head....
 

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Is it true that pre-Amtrak, sleeping cars were almost always oriented in a fixed direction and you knew which side of the train you'd be on.....much as you know this when selecting an airline seat or ship's cabin today?
I believe so. Certainly cars with single rooms (e.g. cars with roomettes) had a defined front so that the one seat in those rooms faced forward. You see this today (ignoring that they're all currently suspended) with Via's Manor and Chateau sleepers which both have true single-person roomettes.
 
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