Crown Class Options - Piedmont & Southland. What are differences? (new, comfortable, identical...)
We took the open air car and enjoyed the scenery and the fresh air. Of course you are taking a chance it might be raining the day you are going but we were fortunate and had a beautiful day. On the way back you reverse your seats and sit on the opposite side of the train so you see different sides coming and going!
There are 4 classes of seats each with several train cars in that class.
It's important to consider what you really want out of the ride- we simply went to take my 3 yo train obsessed boy on a real steam train. I knew he'd want to hang his head out the window the whole time so we purposefully chose Coach Class and Pee Wee car. Windows open in only some of the train cars.
Also the coach class feels a lot more like the seats on the (older) trains in Europe- 2 facing 2 and could be cramped if it's busy. Our train was about 2/3 full with lots of families and other friendly folks.
When choosing class and train, consider what kind of Windows and seats. Do you want a full meal?
We rode First Class. We were very comfortable and our hostess was great.
I can not answer to those classes of fairs, however, if you have the means, and it is your first experience on the GSMR, I highly recommend the first class accommodations. We thought it was an awesome experience to dine onboard a train and our hostess gave a great history of the area. A highlight of our trip for sure ~ We will take our children next time for sure!
We had the cheapest and it was hot and uncomfortable! Two seats face each other and knees or thigh have to touch! Miserable with strangers, there was a cabin where all sat looking out the window on a row bench, and cabin was air conditioned, still, nothing to see, more you spend, the more you waste,
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