Amtrak Announces Return of “Great Dome” Car Just in Time for Fall

Fall is officially here. Although the transition from summer to fall is not that apparent in Southern California, all across the United States leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, and people are beginning to pull out their scarves and boots. It’s a beautiful season and Amtrak knows that, which is why they are reintroducing their “Great Dome” car. With only one dome car left in circulation, this is a unique experience to be a part of.

The “Great Dome” is unlike any other train in circulation. On the train’s upper level passengers will be immersed in the fall beauty because of the panoramic windows, which will allow them to see the New River Gorge, the Shenandoah Valley, and of course, the changing colors of the leaves from all angles, including overhead. What makes this dome car even more special is the size of the viewing windows, which run the entire length of the car.

Unfortunately only those living between Chicago and Washington D.C. will be able to experience a ride on the Amtrak Cardinal train. The train will travel eastbound from Chicago on two Saturdays, October 29 and November 5, and westbound from Washington on two Fridays, November 4 and November 11. However, due to the car’s height it will not be able to travel between Washington and New York, but there are plenty of other places to catch it-Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Huntington in West Virginia. This is definitely a unique opportunity for railfans across United States and a fun way to spend a family afternoon. Reservations aren’t accepted and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis so make plans accordingly. Happy Fall!


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