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Amtrak Is Bringing Back Its Historic Great Dome Car

July 18, 2018
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Observation cars on the Downeaster
Amtrak Is Bringing Back Its Historic Great Dome Car
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Amtrak's Great Dome Car will soon be back on the track.

The already amazing views of Amtrak's rail routes are just getting better. This fall, Amtrak is temporarily bringing back its 1955 Great Dome Car. Its top deck is enveloped by windows that peel up to the roof of the car for an airy, scenic ride that's perfect for viewing the season's change.

The car will only run on certain routes between August 11 through November 2, so if you plan to travel on Amtrak to one of the destinations it will be attached to, you might want to snag a seat on the upper deck of the car. Keep in mind, though, that the seats on the upper deck are not reserved – they're first come, first served, so Amtrak encourages passengers to rotate in and out of seats on the top deck.

Between August 11 and September 23, the car will be on the Downeaster train route from Brunswick to Portland and finally to Boston. And from September 27 to November 2, the Great Dome Car will be available to ride on the Adirondack route as it will be traveling from Montreal to Albany to New York City. All of the rides are said to have stunning, lush views of the surrounding landscape.

If you're looking to book a trip on one of the Great Dome Car routes using SPG points, time's running out! Due to the SPG/Marriott merger, you will only be able to transfer your SPG points to Amtrak before July 31.

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