Posts Tagged ‘Viewliner sleepers’

Your Sleeping Car is Waiting For You

October 25, 2019

Railroads have been operating sleeping cars since the 19th century and the sleeper is most associated with overnight train travel.

If you look at the total number trains that Amtrak operates daily, only a relatively small percentage have sleeping cars.

Once widely known as Pullmans, sleeping cars and dining cars are the glamour experiences of rail travel.

They also can be quite costly. If you want to travel by sleeper between Chicago and Cleveland the least expensive room will cost you $184 compared to the cheapest coach ticket of $59.

But there is something about the sleeping car experience, about being able to close the door and feeling like you have the train to yourself, and blocking out the rest of the world as you watch the countryside roll past your window.

Shown is one of two Viewliner sleepers in the New York section of the Lake Shore Limited at Chicago Union Station.

Cardinal Has Yet to Get Viewliner II Diner

October 13, 2019

Amtrak has yet to assign a Viewliner II dining car to the Cardinal although it indicated that it had planned to do so effective Oct. 1.

The Chicago-New York train received the flexible dining service on that date, but sleeping car passengers are being served in half of an Amfleet food service car rather than in a Viewliner II diner as is the case with other eastern overnight trains.

Amtrak’s new vice president for long distance services, Larry Chestler, told Trains magazine that the Viewliner II diner won’t be assigned to Nos. 50 and 51 “for the time being.”

Chestler said the Amfleet II lounge cars because used on the train, “are the most suitable for this service given the configuration of the cars and the Cardinal’s passenger volume.”

He probably was referring to the fact the Cardinal is assigned just one Viewliner sleeping car and that the onboard crew uses a portion of its rooms.

Amtrak has said that it has not assigned a second sleeper to the Cardinal because it has yet to repair a Viewliner sleeping car that was damaged in the February 2018 collision of the Silver Star and a CSX freight train.

At present, Amtrak has only one of 25 Viewliner II sleeping cars on its active roster. Those cars feature a different room configuration than Viewliner I sleepers.

Sleeper space aboard the Cardinal can be hard to book with rooms often selling out weeks and sometimes months in advance.

The Cardinal operates tri-weekly via Indianapolis and Cincinnati and uses two equipment sets.

Meet Me at Interstate 90

May 30, 2018

Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited meets a westbound CSX auto rack train beneath the bridge carrying Interstate 90 over the CSX Erie West Subdivision at the State Line exit on the border of Pennsylvania and New York just outside North East, Pennsylvania.

The auto rack train has Union Pacific motive power and a cut of manifest freight.

No. 48 was operating 43 minutes late when it left Erie, but the New York section made it to Penn Station in New York less than 10 minutes late.