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In an exciting development, sleeping cars will return to the Northeast Corridor for the first time since the retirement of the Twilight Shoreliner in 2003. From April 5, Amtrak will include a Viewliner Sleeper on its overnight Northeast Regional trains between Washington DC, New York City and Boston. In addition, private roomette cabins in the sleeping cars onboard the Cardinal, the Crescent, the Silver Star and the Silver Meteor will be able to be booked for daylight travel between stations along the Northeast Corridor between New York City and Washington DC for the first time.
Due to height restrictions in the tunnels approaching Baltimore and New York, all sleeping cars operating along the Northeast Corridor are Amtrak's single-level Viewliner carriages. Amtrak is in the process of phasing in new Viewliner II carriages and refurbishing its original Viewliner I fleet. Whilst one Viewliner II sleeper (a significant upgrade) is included in the consists of both the Silver Star and Silver Meteor, it is anticipated that an older Viewliner I carriage will feature on the Northeast Regional trains. Each Viewliner Sleeper consists of Bedrooms offering a large lower bed, fold-down upper bunk and private bathroom (ideal for 2), cosy Roomettes with two comfortable seats on either side of a big picture window that convert to beds at night (ideal for 1 or 2) and an accessible Bedroom. Uniquely Viewliners offer two windows arranged above and below each other so each bunk has a view!
The new sleeper will be available on the following trains:
“We offer a one-of-a-kind way to reach your destination that is unique to Amtrak,” said Roger Harris, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer at Amtrak. “In addition to all the safety precautions we are taking to make rail travel a safe experience, a private room will enhance the trip and give customers the added benefit of more comfort, space and privacy.”
Whilst a meal service will not be offered on the short overnight journey, Sleeper passengers will be offered complimentary access to Amtrak's Metropolitan Lounges in Washington Union and Boston South stations, as well as a complimentary alcoholic beverage upon boarding and continental breakfast before arrival. An Amfleet Cafe Car is also available onboard serving a selection of meals, snacks and drinks.
This article first appeared on trainreview.com
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