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    Amtrac

    Any corders use AMTRAC for over night travel. Thinking of taking a train to Washington , DC from Charleston, S.C. which would be an over night trip. I am considering a roomette for wife and I.

    How's the accessibility for power or manual chair? Can a whelchair make it to the dining car?

    Any info, suggestions, anecdotes are wekcime and appreciated.

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    I have only taken Amtrak from Lodi, Ca.to Fresno. 120 mi. but it was uneventful. Plenty of room , and the bathroom was accesible. I don't think there was access to the dining car., but was just a short trip. The transfer from platform to train was not level. I was in a manual chair, and they just lifted me a few inches. Not sure how it would have worked in a heavier power chair. I too would like more info on this because I would like to take more trips by train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wazabiker View Post
    Any corders use AMTRAC for over night travel. Thinking of taking a train to Washington , DC from Charleston, S.C. which would be an over night trip. I am considering a roomette for wife and I.

    How's the accessibility for power or manual chair? Can a whelchair make it to the dining car?

    Any info, suggestions, anecdotes are wekcime and appreciated.

    All Mixed Up,
    Don Knight
    AMTRAK runs two types of trains, Superliner and Viewliner. Do you know which one runs the route you are taking? Each one has different configurations for Roomettes and Accessible Bedrooms. Here are a couple of references for the dimensions and amenities for both accommodations on both trains. I looked at each of these accommodations and depending on your abilities, the Roomettes may not suit accessibility needs.

    Superliner
    Roomette: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1241210576173
    Accessible Bedroom: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1241210576085

    Viewliner
    Roomette: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1241210576303
    Accessible Bedroom: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1241210576239

    Meal Service for Customers with Disabilities
    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1241267362161
    On all trains with meal service, we are pleased to provide meal service to customers with disabilities.
    Service Options
    In-room or at-seat: You may order from our menu and have your meal served to you in your room or at your seat.

    Lounge Car: If you choose, and when possible, we will serve you in the Lounge Car. On some long-distance trains, passengers traveling with wheelchairs may transfer to and from the Lounge Car at appropriate station stops. Please ask your onboard service attendant to make the necessary arrangements.

    If you are traveling in a sleeping accommodation, your meals are provided as part of the cost of your travel.

    Accessibility and Assistance
    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1241305313014

    Have a great trip. Sounds fun!!!

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Went to DC from Greensboro, NC in power chair. Loved the train ride and people where very helpful on both sides. To get on and off the train they have a moveable, height adjustable platform. No stress at all. The problem is the door way to get in the train. I barely was able to get in. The conductor told me that they had people before which where not able to get thru the door way. In the train it is tight and I was not able to go anywhere besides to my space which was right behind the toilets. I was in a permobil 2K stander. If your chair is longer than that you will have problems to get on.

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    I didn't get a sleeper room, but here's my Amtrak account if it's helpful:

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=137509

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    Weird, I just booked tickets to chicago and was going to ask the same question haha. I'll let you know how it goes, Im going in July.

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