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Amtrak’s Vintage Glass-Domed Train Car Is Making A Comeback: Get Amazing Views Of New England And Canada

Travelers Today       By    MJ De Castro

Updated: Jul 20, 2018 03:16 AM EDT

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Those who want to witness the changing colors of the fall will surely love to take a ride in the Great Dome by Amtrak. The 1950s train will offer mesmerizing views of the landscapes, which include coastlines and marshes.
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What's better than riding a glass train to see the beautiful changing colors of the Canada and New England foliage? Probably nothing.

Now, everyone's idea of heaven is coming to life with the Adirondack and Downeaster trains. The vintage car has upped its game by equipping its upper level, sides, and overhead windows with glass.

This was done to give its passengers an awesome view of the scenic route, which includes passing through pristine coastlines, marshes, panoramic villages, streams, and other landscapes.

Picture-Worthy Views

The amazing fall travel experience is coming to life with the modern Amtrak's Great Dome Car itineraries. The train will travel four times a day from Brunswick via Portland to Boston on Aug. 11 to Sept. 23.

While riding the train, passengers can enjoy the amazing tree colors brought by fall, and the Lake Champlain vistas as they take the Montreal via Albany to New York route from Sept. 27 to Nov. 2.

The train runs north on Adirondack train 69 from Albany every Thursday, Saturday, and Monday. Additionally, it operates south on Adirondack train 68 from Montreal every Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday.

Although the seats located in the upper deck of the famous dome car have no extra cost, it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This is why the company encourages its passengers to rotate in and out of seats on the top deck to let everyone have the chance to enjoy the lush view.

Furthermore, because of its amazing views that are perfect for hikers, snow lovers, and leaf peekers, the Adirondack was voted as one of the "Top 10 Most Scenic Train Ride in the World."

History Of The Car

The Great Dome was built in 1955 by the Budd Company for the Great Northern Railway. It was known by its number 1391, and its name, "Ocean View."

According to Amtrak's website, the said vehicle is the only remaining dome car in the Amtrak service. Previously labeled as car number 10031, it was initially used to travel through the Chicago-Seattle Empire Builder route when the train was controlled by the Great Northern Railway and the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad.

Additionally, the train was conveyed to Amtrak in 1971, where it was modified a few times. It was also used for daily services on the company's auto train to and from the Washington, DC and Orlando from 1985 to 1994. After its 1999 refurbishment, it was used for Amtrak services such as Pacific Surfliners and other excursions and charters.

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