Amtrak dome car to run fall trips
Amtrak’s fall schedule for its sole remaining dome car, the former Great Northern full length Ocean View dome car.
The former Great Northern No. 1391 was one of six full length domes built in 1955 by the Budd Company for the Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder operated by GN in partnership with Burlington Route and Spokane, Portland & Seattle.
Riding in the Ocean View Dome Car
About the “Great Dome” Car
The only remaining dome car in Amtrak service, car number 10031, is a Great Dome car previously used on the Chicago-Seattle Empire Builder when the train was operated by the Great Northern Railway and the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad (later the Burlington Northern Railroad).
It was built in 1955 by the Budd Company for the Great Northern and carried the name “Ocean View,” car number 1391. It was conveyed to Amtrak in 1971, with this car first being given the number 9361. It was renovated in 1985, renumbered 9300, and used in daily service on the Amtrak Auto Train to and from the Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla., areas through 1994. It was further refurbished in 1999, renumbered to 10031. This year, the “Ocean View” has been freshly re-painted in honor of Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary in the Amtrak Phase III paint scheme and wears stripes comprised of equal red, white and blue stripes, symbolic of Amtrak being America’s Railroad®.
As Amtrak No. 10031, the former Ocean View dome car will be operating this fall on the following schedule:
Adirondack train No. 69: Albany, N.Y. – Montreal Sept. 13-Oct 20: Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays;
Adirondack train No. 68: Montreal – Albany Sept. 14-Oct 21: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Cardinal train No. 50: Chicago – Washington Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10: Saturdays only;
Cardinal train No. 51 Washington – Chicago Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16: Fridays only.