Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:29 am While the reservation system could certainly support handling Sleepers with different configurations - just as it does today with Auto Train, the utilization of V-II's will be adversely affected when it will be necessary to assign a "protect" to each end point as well as provide for "shops" as the cars become older.Not really. You just have to use V1's for all the protect cars. As they have the greater number of roomettes, they can stand ind for V1's and V2's alike.
If the configuration were standardized to that of the V-II's, definitely less "protects" and likely less "shops" would be the case.
I'm sure that the necessary provision for "shops" as the V-I's became due for "heavys" was a factor in withdrawing the lines from 66-67 "Night Owl".