I never had the opportunity to ride in a Slumbercoach, but they were popular enough that the NP Mainstreeter carried ONLY a Slumbercoach in later years.Sadly, I never got the opportunity to travel in a Heritage Bedroom/Roomette sleeping car, but I did do a Chicago - NTC and back run in a Slumbercoach. I had an "upper" slumbercoach and was amazing at how everything was included in the tiny space and I never felt the least bit claustrophobic. I slept really well aside from waking up once hearing my neighbor snoring below me through the walls. During the daytime, I spent most of my time in my girlfriend's "double" slumbercoach which is quite similar to today's Roomette. She was sharing it with her 6 year old son and the three of us, two adults and one child didn't feel cramped in it. I wish they would make a more modern Slumbercoach as it was quite a good product IMO
And that's one of the problems for Japanese tour groups. The retailers didn't sell three or four different price levels; they sold one level based on the average cost of the space and then the tour escort had to sort out who got to sleep where. The old 12 sec, 1 dr cars were easier for that reason, aside from the social and scenic advantages.Also VIA doesn't have all section cars anymore; just three sections (6 berths) per HEP sleeping car.
The one great mistake Amtrak made was shelving the cars that had drawing rooms since they were essentially the Family Bedroom of the era. The problem was of course the diverse configurations of the remainder of the inherited cars.When we discuss offering more types of sleeping car spaces it is a good idea to recall that when Amtrak started up they were proud of reducing the number of types of space. Aside from some staff at firms that specialized, few travel agents by the 1970's could tell the difference between a compartment and a bedroom. The public knew even less.
Think how well a car like that would address some of the recent concerns about lower-cost accommodation on trains, as well as a larger bedroom in the single-level fleet. Again I assume consistency and quantity would be a problem.The old 12 sec, 1 dr cars were easier for that reason, aside from the social and scenic advantages.
The Azteca Eagle was synced with the Texas Eagle. It would have been an absolute dream to continue on down to Mexico City... and to immerse in the culture! There's lots of lore and historical information on the Azteca.Memories of my first ride on what is now the Texas Eagle... from the old Missouri Pacific service... from St. Louis to Laredo, Texas... for the thrill of walking across the boarder and purchasing some cheep tequila to bring back... and also to drink some along the way. This was in the early 1970's after Amtrak had just begun.
I was in a roomette which was fairly clean as I remember... and brought along some cold chicken to enjoy for the first meal. Enjoyed the remainder of the meals in the restaurant car. Meals for sleepers were not included in those days.
What I most remember about that trip was the excitement of getting on a train to go a long distance... and to be able to walk into Mexico to look around. Remembering staying in a small hotel in Laredo, then getting on the train to come back.
Biggest regret was not continuing on the Azteca which to Mexico City.
The pics below are as close as I could find on Google. I did take some slides... but they are long gone now.
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I agree, but the sections have problems. The uppers frequently don’t sell. The couchette would be something to try. All berths in a couchette are priced the same. The density per car is higher as well.The one great mistake Amtrak made was shelving the cars that had drawing rooms since they were essentially the Family Bedroom of the era. The problem was of course the diverse configurations of the remainder of the inherited cars.
Think how well a car like that would address some of the recent concerns about lower-cost accommodation on trains, as well as a larger bedroom in the single-level fleet. Again I assume consistency and quantity would be a problem.
New one on me too. I knew you could combine a drawing room with a standard bedroom - at least on CP/VIA.I was looking around the web, and learned something new today...there were some cars where you could book a "drawing room suite" that could sleep as many as 6 adults....(two drawing rooms with a connecting door). Never knew that.