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    Registered User orangebug's Avatar
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    The roomettes are very worth it. it is a bunk bed system with a small toilet. The room is much like a comfortable cell. But it is so much better than being crammed in with others, having to worry where your gear is, and such.

    You can bring whatever food and drink you wish. The dining car can be a nice place to meet and talk with others when you wish. The food can be touchy. I took the train from Atlanta to New Orleans with a severe delay after hitting a deer in VA. They were prepared for breakfast and lunch, not breakfast, lunch and dinner. They ran out, but were really cool about it. They opened the bar for us to make up for it.

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    A few years ago my wife and I took the train through the mountains from Seattle, Washington to Wisconsin. As I remember we were on the train two nights, ate in the diner, and had bunk beds.

    I don't particularly remember the food, which means it was neither startling good nor particularly unpleasant. I do remember pleasant conversations with fellow diners. They sat us at the tables until each table was full, so we ate with different couples each meal.

    Riding the train through the mountains was a fun end for a six week trip that involved driving to Wisconsin where a brother-in-law lives, catching a flight to Alaska, exploring the coast and parks, doing some hiking, taking a lot of photos, and taking the coastal ferry back to Washington State.

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    Yes you can bring food, drinks, large pack, hiking poles, but no stove fuel!!!
    I would deffinitely book in advance. There is no penalty for changing your ticket, but the fare will rise as the date aproaches. I think they also will give you a full refund if you cancel. No risk to book early.
    I used the Northeast corridor and the regular coach seat was plenty roomy for my big 220lb a$$. I checked out the upgraded seats and found they were a waste of money. I had a power outlet too. Never used the roomette. They were costly, but it would be worth it for two people traveling.

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