Standard consists of so many sections per carvarying according to type: on this page we illustrate 12-section and 8-section cars. Each section consists of two seats, facing each other, and this can seat four. The aisle runs down the centre of the car.
At night the porter in charge of the car converts this into sleeping space by sliding together the seats to make the lower berth, letting down the upper berth, inserting the headboards between each section, adjusting the coat hangers and clothes nets, and making up with bed clothes. In front of each section is hung a heavy curtain, with a thin inner one if desired, and this ensures complete privacy. A small ladder is used to gain access to the upper berth. Both upper and lower berths have reading lights.
The total capacity of the lower and upper berths is, if necessary, four.
A Compartment is exactly the same as a section, except that it is a room entered from the corridor by a door. It also contains wash-basin, seat, etc. It accommodates up to four. Besides "compartment cars" carried by many trains, some types of Standard Sleeper have compartments.
A new type is also now in use on overnight runs onlythe SINGLE-ROOM CAR. It differs from the ordinary compartment in that, instead of lower and upper berths running longways with the car, it has a bedstead running across the car and accommodates only one.
A Drawing Room is also exactly the same as a compartment, but also has a sofa berth and a private dressing-room. It accommodates up to five or six.
A Tourist Sleeper is the same as a Standard Sleeper, but has neither compartments nor drawing room. Its passengers do not have the use of the Lounge or Observation Cars.
The charge for sleeping-car accommodation is based on a combination of time and distance.