Attached is a screen shot of what appears to be the 9712 car. I have no idea if it is in service, but its name is Rapidan River.The Phase IIIb car ahead of the baggage car is probably New River. It wears Phase III and has since the Sunset Limited study train in Florida some years ago now.
If it's the 9712 it should be in service, and that's a Viewliner II. No way of telling could be a glorified crew dorm right now the way load factors are.
One way that you can tell the difference between the I's and II's is pretty simple. Look at the rear windows on Engineers side of the train. The I's have upper and lower windows, and the II's just have upper windows.The Phase IIIb car ahead of the baggage car is probably New River.
It's was Rapidan River car #62502. It's a viewliner II sleeper. You can tell the difference, the viewliner I has a conduit all the way down the roof. The Viewliner II does not have this. If you look at the video I posted last Wednesday you can see this.The Phase IIIb car ahead of the baggage car is probably New River. It wears Phase III and has since the Sunset Limited study train in Florida some years ago now.
Only the bag-dorms are being used. I was tempted ask one of my SCAs on the Cardinals I took recently if I could get a peek at a room.So, has anyone ridden a Viewliner II sleeper yet? It would be nice to get impressions; even nicer to see some actual photos or videos of the accommodations in the wild.
I used the bag/dorm for a restroom on my last trip because it was closer to walk to than the nearest public one. The rooms look much nicer much more airy. But I think that could be from the color choice red reflects light and looks brighter than blue which absorbs more light. The lack of the toilet is nice as well. I think there are photos on my last trip report from Beech Grove.Only the bag-dorms are being used. I was tempted ask one of my SCAs on the Cardinals I took recently if I could get a peek at a room.
In a serious enterprise the name Night Owl would be brought back and the V-2's would be part of the publicity re-launching the service. The reasoning is that company officials would be likely to ride this train, get a look at the new equipment, get some employee reactions informally, look for defects, while only requiring a couple of cars (and a spare!), and serving big media markets.Depends on whether there's funding for the supposed full renovation of the Viewliner Is (to remove the in-room bathrooms and have a separate bathroom). If there is funding for thta, I'd get the Viewliner Is out for that renovation ASAP. But I'm going to assume that there is no funding for this.
Also depends on time of year. We are at the trough of Eastern sleeper car demand in late January / early February. As spring arrives, I would lengthen the consists of trains in the following order:
#3: Sleeper on #66/#67, which should get a name back (the Night Owl or Twilight Shoreliner)... and should also go to Norfolk rather than NPN, IMHO. Also the southbound should run two hours earlier and the northbound should run two hours later. No dining car needed for this route. Yeah, Amtrak is nowhere near competent or clever enough to do this.