September 9, 2013 “Great Dome” Car Returns to Adirondack Service

Craig Schulz

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Upstate New York fall foliage trips by train through Oct. 29

NEW YORK – Passengers riding the Amtrak Adirondack train north of Albany will once again have the unique opportunity to experience the spectacular view of New York State’s fall foliage season when the historic ‘Great Dome’ rail car is making a special five-week return appearance through Oct. 29.

With its partners the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the National Park Service Trail & Rails program, Amtrak has worked cooperatively to bring its only dome car back to upstate New York again this year. The car features an upper level with windows on all sides as well as overhead to provide passengers with panoramic views of the changing colors of the trees and of Lake Champlain as the train travels from Albany and across the Canadian border into Montreal. The refurbished vintage car dates back to 1955 and has a dome section that runs the full length of the car, a rare feature, even when dome cars were more numerous on the nation’s railroads.

The dome car will operate northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays. It returns south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays. No dome car trips are made on Wednesdays. All passengers traveling on the Albany-Montreal segment of the route are welcome to enter the dome car to enjoy the view. Seats in the dome car are not reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trails and Rails volunteers will also be aboard most dome car trips, offering scenic and historical commentary between Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Port Henry, N.Y.

“The ‘Great Dome’ car and the overall traveling experience on our Adirondack service continue to be a favorite among passengers as the recent ridership trends would indicate,” said Kevin Chittenden, Amtrak District Superintendent. “This unique equipment provides our passengers with a spectacular view of the changing of the seasons that should not be missed.”

New York Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said, “Amtrak’s ‘Great Dome’ car is the best way to witness New York State’s spectacular fall colors, making for one of the most scenic train trips in the nation. We are pleased to partner with Amtrak to support this unique fall tradition that highlights the greatness of New York State.”

Passengers can also take advantage of the I Love NY 15% discount off the regular (full) adult rail fare. The offer is valid for sale through May2014. Advance reservations are required. In addition, up to 2 children ages 2-15 may accompany each adult at half the discounted rail fare. This offer is available exclusively at WWW.LOVENY.COM.

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