BTW too, as someone who has actual litter handling experience under my belt, and in spaces far tighter than any Amtrak windows, larger windows can be a huge help anytime you have a patient in a litter.
Even without collision, the larger windows can be helpful.
For example, ideally a patient generally wants to be kept level. Yes, we will, if necessary put them in an upright position, which may be necessary to get them around a corner (i.e. into a vestibule and out a door) but it's not ideal. Heck, thinking about it now, I suspect getting a patient, especially a heavy one in a Ferno Model 71 out of an Amfleet via the vestibule would be a far less than ideal situation. Going through a window may be far easier.
As for dropping a patient to the ground from that height, if that occurs, you've got bigger issues.
As for the argument for escape hatches closer to the ground, great idea... other than the fact that you've got seats in the way.
And on sleepers, getting a stretcher through is going to be even more complex, all the more argument for larger windows.
Finally, yes, larger windows mean more sunlight. That can be a problem for the A/C and passenger comfort, but there's this invention created 1000s of years ago called a "shade".
That and/or electrochromatic glass which is far more common tends to solve those issues.
As a passenger, I can tell you I LOVE the larger windows.
As a person who has some rescue experience (admittedly not in this particular field) I would also greatly favor the larger windows.
I'll point out one of the selling points of the 787 is it can have larger windows... and honestly, 1/2 the time, there's not much to see from that altitude!
So I'll definitely take them on the train.
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