All Aboard!


I read in the news that the Amtrak Great Dome Railcar of 1955 is to begin on the east coast again! The Downeaster that offers panoramic views for all riders, It will begin four daily trips as of August 11th. And it features an upper level with windows on all sides!

Domecar retro

1950s Great Dome Railcar

This photo is from 1954

The Great Domes are a fleet of six streamlined dome lounge cars built by the Budd Company for the Great Northern Railway and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in 1955. The cars were used exclusively on the Empire Builder from their introduction in 1955 until the end of private passenger service in 1971.

Amtrak retained all six cars and they continued to run on the Empire Builder before new Superliners displaced them at the end of the decade, after which they saw service elsewhere in the system. The Great Domes were similar in design to the Big Domes Budd built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

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