tank tops, and T-shirts emblazoned with messages of question-
able taste. For the most part, passengers comply reasonably well
with today's minimum standards.
On Superliner coaches, there are lavatories located on the lower
level of each car. All include a toilet, a washbasin with hot and
cold water, and a fold-down changing table for infants. For pas-
sengers traveling in roomettes, Superliner sleeping cars have three
lavatories and a shower on the lower level, plus an additional
lavatory on the upper level. All five deluxe bedrooms have toilets
and showers in the room.
Coaches used on eastern overnight trains have lavatory facili-
ties at one end of the car, including a washbasin and a toilet.
Viewliner sleeping cars have a toilet and washbasin both in the
roomettes and the larger bedrooms, and there is a shower room
at the end of the car. Water is potable in all lavatories, whether
coach or sleeping cars. Passengers in sleepers are also provided
with bottled water at no charge. (A more complete description of
the various railcars you will encounter can be found in chapter 9,
“Passenger Train Equipment.”)
Smoking is not permitted on any Amtrak train, although pas-
sengers on long-distance trains are able to step off at certain des-
ignated stops for a smoke on the platform. These “smoke stops”
will be announced ahead of time over the train's PA system.
A word of warning here to smokers: Amtrak is very strict
when it comes to the no-smoking policy. Passengers caught
smoking in their rooms, in the lavatories, or even in the vesti-
bules between cars are warned once and then put off the train for