• Will we ever see another all-Pullman passenger train?

  • General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.
General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by Westernstar1
 
I agee with Mr. Perkowski and Mr. SouthernRailway, above. I have often wondered what motivates an Amtrak passenger to spend $600 to $800 for sleeping accommodations , one-way, on a long distance train. Say LA to SEA. More costly than a luxury room at a Fairmont Hotel.

Could it be the passenger doesn't like to fly? Possibly there are no airports at or near the destination point. Is the scenery along the way a motivating factor? Maybe the passenger is "experiential" and just wants the experience of taking a passenger train.

What do you get for that $600 to $800? A roomette or bedroom less than clean, including unclean toilets. Air conditioning which may or may not work. A train attendant, although usually competent, may not be on your trip. Coffee in that coffee percolator, outside your room, which may have been sitting around all day and make you yearn for Folgers instant. Then there is the food. Palatable at best or unpalatable.

I have to think a private, all-Pullman train, would be able to provide much better service, accommodations, and amenities for less than what an Amtrak sleeper costs.

WS
  by SouthernRailway
 
Westernstar1 wrote: Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:21 pm I have often wondered what motivates an Amtrak passenger to spend $600 to $800 for sleeping accommodations
In my case, not wanting to get coronavirus on a plane.
  by Alphaboi
 
Ideally the train would have options at multiple price points; sections or couchettes, compartments w/ shared facilities, and ensuite compartments. If it's strictly a night accommodations don't need a daytime (so the budget option could be fixed berths). Then just have a cafe/bar/lounge car. Sll buy-onboard save complimentary continental breakfasts for sleeper passenger (let them order room service too).

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  by John_Perkowski
 
Alphaboi wrote: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:11 pm Ideally the train would have options at multiple price points; sections or couchettes, compartments w/ shared facilities, and ensuite compartments. If it's strictly a night accommodations don't need a daytime (so the budget option could be fixed berths). Then just have a cafe/bar/lounge car. Sll buy-onboard save complimentary continental breakfasts for sleeper passenger (let them order room service too).

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You DO REALIZE we are not talking about standard service, rather about an elite tier of service hat really did provide the best.
  by Alphaboi
 
Yes, but in order for this to have any hope of being viable the train would need multiple service tiers. I picture a range from OBB Nighter couchettes to Caledonian Sleeper double rooms. It's the closest we could ever get again to an all Pullman train.

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