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When you buy your Amtrak tickets
and choose a berth (a place to park yourself during the trip), you'll choose a coach seat
or sleeper. Amtrak sleeping accommodations, or sleepers, are private compartments with seats, beds, doors with curtains and, sometimes, private baths. Sleepers can be had on most long-haul Amtrak routes
Long haul trains generally have double decker Superliner
or one-level Viewliner cars. Pictured is a Viewliner roomette on the Laksehore Limited, which was my berth from New York to Chicago on the Lakeshore Limited train -- read about the Superliner roomette
on the previous page. Viewliner roomettes sleep and seat two and have a toilet and fold-down sink. Other Viewliner roomette amenities are listed on the previous page
Bedroom sleepers on Amtrak trains are a step up from roomettes, and have a sofa or bench-like sectional seat for two which converts to a bed, a separate seat or "easy chair," an upper bed which folds down from the wall, and a full bathroom with shower. Meant for two adults but can hold three; family bedrooms
(below) are larger.
Amtrak Bedroom Suites
Amtrak bedroom suites, basically two bedrooms combined, are a step up from a bedroom (above) and contain two bathrooms. Meant for four adults but can hold six.
Amtrak Family Bedrooms
Amtrak family bedrooms
can hold six people and have no
en-suite bathroom facilities; slightly reminiscent of some European train sleepers
. Bathrooms and showers at the end of the hall. See a picture of an Amtrak family bedroom sleeper.
Tickets in any Amtrak sleeper provide access to all public cars
on the train (some cars are train personnel quarters). In any sleeper, an attendant
makes up the beds.
Go on to the next page to see a picture of an Amtrak family bedroom
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