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We have booked a bedroom on a trip for Nov. 6th on train 98 to BAL from Florida. Will this be a new Viewliner car?

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We have booked a bedroom on a trip for Nov. 6th on train 98 to BAL from Florida. Will this be a new Viewliner car?

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Last time I looked, cars 10 and 12 were new Viewliners, but things could change by November.
 

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Where do you "look" to get this information? Just curious.

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Most of us just watch the train go by. Some ride the train and look. Others just read post from people who ride or watch.

A good Agent can tell you, but there far and few between.
 
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Where do you "look" to get this information? Just curious.

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I was on the train. Also I live in Orlando and can walk to a crossing about a mile away and actually "look" at the train. Since it is pretty hot when 98 passes through Orlando, I do not walk to the crossing that often to look. I last took 98 in July.
 

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So how can you determine which is a new Viewliner by looking at it as it goes by? What are the visible characteristics?

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The Silvers and the AT all pass by this railcam where you can see the trains

The AT just went by - 98 goes by somewhere around 5 AM when it is running on schedule as far as I can tell
 

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Viewliner I - at the end of the car there is a top and bottom window (roomette).
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Viewliner II - at the end of the car there is only a top window (bathroom). Also, check out the name plate.
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I think the easiest way is to look under the car body, if it's visible. The VL II has everything except the wheels covered, protected from the elements. The VL I is mostly open.

On this clip (starting @2:38), after the coaches, there's a diner, a VL II, a VL I, and VL II. Only the VL I has the open undercarriage.
 
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There will always be multiple questions on the same subject. Many folks just drop in once in a while to ask questions so arent reading posts every day. Ive been here for many years and had the same question earlier this year. I happened to see travel reports on 91 and 98 Viewliner II's and comments from others in Florida who had seen the II's pass by. I then booked car 9111 which was the Viewliner II.
 

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How many threads have we had asking this question? I've lost count...
Sorry to have apparently asked the same question again. But cut me a little slack as I'm pretty much a newbie here.

I'll take a look at the trains on youtube and see if I can determine which is which.

And thanks for the help. It is appreciated!
 

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Sorry to have apparently asked the same question again. But cut me a little slack as I'm pretty much a newbie here.

I'll take a look at the trains on youtube and see if I can determine which is which.

And thanks for the help. It is appreciated!
I will post in one of the V2 threads if I see anything new. I will be on 98 in a few weeks. My old eyes are better at telling the difference in person rather than on video.
Here is a link to a very generic long pinned thread on Viewliner IIs: Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car Production, Delivery, Speculation
 
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Sorry to have apparently asked the same question again. But cut me a little slack as I'm pretty much a newbie here.
In no way your fault. Just pointing out that there have been a lot of threads asking this very question.
 

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So I went to YouTube this morning and viewed the video from the Ashland camera but didn't see train 98. I checked Train Status on the Amtrak website and it says train 98 is unavailable.

What happened to train 98?
 

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So I went to YouTube this morning and viewed the video from the Ashland camera but didn't see train 98. I checked Train Status on the Amtrak website and it says train 98 is unavailable.

What happened to train 98?
98 had a service disruption in Winter Park, FL yesterday. However it is still running even though the website says the data is unavailable.
 

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91 generally has 2 sleepers and 9110 has not been a VL2 recently
That’s okay. I’m in a Bedroom when I ride in the near future. Just wasn’t sure.

My trips next year on 98 and 91 will be in Roomettes. Hopefully I’ll be in a VL2 then.

I’ll be in 9810 and 9110…
 
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