October 24, 2013 “Great Dome” Car on Amtrak Illinois Zephyr Nov. 5-22

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See the fall harvest and the change of seasons between Chicago and Quincy

CHICAGO – Passengers riding Amtrak Illinois Zephyr trains between Chicago and Quincy will have a unique opportunity this fall to view the change of seasons when the historic “Great Dome” rail car is part of Trains 380 and 383 from Nov. 5 to Nov. 22.

With its partner at the Illinois Department of Transportation (Illinois DOT), Amtrak worked to bring its only Dome Car back to the Prairie State. The car features an upper level with windows on all sides to provide passengers with panoramic views of the changing colors of the trees, farmers in their fields and the picturesque communities along the route, including LaGrange, Naperville, Plano, Mendota, Princeton, Kewanee, Galesburg and Macomb.

There is no additional charge for riding the Illinois Zephyr during this period and seating in the Great Dome car is unreserved. The Illinois Zephyr is one of the first state-sponsored trains in the Amtrak network, with continuous operation in partnership with Illinois DOT since 1971, the first year of Amtrak service.

Together with its counterpart, the Carl Sandburg (Trains 381 & 382) and other Amtrak services, ridership on the Chicago-Galesburg-Quincy corridor was strong again in the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2013, with more than 261,000 passengers. 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,

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