2017 Passenger Cars and Seating Options

 

Traveling behind the 611 will be an experience you will never forget.

There are 5 classes of service on a 611 excursion trip. Read through the descriptions and cars below and decide which class best fits. Looking to ride in a specific car or to sit near family and friends? When purchasing your tickets, you will be able to choose the car in which you wish to ride. Please note that while you will select the car in which you wish to ride, no seating will be assigned. Part of the experience in train travel is making new friends.

For groups larger than 20 , please visit our Groups page. 

Before you purchase a ticket, please be sure to review these important FAQs about our trips. The photos of car interiors are examples of each class of service. The interiors of specific cars may vary.

 

Standard Coach

Standard coach class features spacious seating and large windows. Each car has its own large bathroom.  

The commissary car, serving a variety of snacks and drinks for purchase, will be located between the Deluxe Coach and Standard Coach sections of the train. 

Guests on all-day excursions receive a breakfast box in the morning and a snack pack in the afternoon. On half-day excursions, guests receive a breakfast box on the morning trip or a snack pack on the afternoon trip. 

There are five standard coaches offered in 2016 on all trips:  Iowa (NS 43), Florida (NS 44), New Jersey (NS 46),  Louisiana (NS 47) and Lake PepinEach car is virtually identical.

Deluxe Coach

Deluxe Coach class feature comfortable reclining seating, large windows and luggage racks. 

Guests on all-day excursions receive a breakfast box in the morning and a snack pack in the afternoon. On half-day excursions, guests receive a breakfast box on the morning trip and a snack pack on the afternoon trip. 

There are five deluxe coaches offered on all 2017 trips:

NS 27 and 28NS 28 and 29. Norfolk Southern 28 and 29 were built by the N&W for the Powhatan Arrow. These cars have been reconfigured for use on Norfolk Southern’s Operation Lifesaver trips.

 

NS 26New York (NS 26). Norfolk Southern 26 was built for the New York Central railroad as part of their Great Steel Fleet. The car is generally used by Norfolk Southern for operation Lifesaver service.

 

WATX 500Saint Augustine (WATX 500). The Saint Augustine was built in 1954 by Pullman for the Florida East Coast Railroad. This car was frequently used on the Dixieland between Chicago and Miami. The car is now owned by the Watauga Valley Chapter of the NRHS.

 

 

 

WATX 539 The Powhatan Arrow (WATX 539). This coach was built in 1948 for the Norfolk & Western Railway as a 58-seat coach. Upon the advent of Amtrak, the car went to Chicago for service on the Metra Manhattan Line

 

img_9928Parlor Class

Parlor Class accommodations provide lounge-style seating on a lower level near the front of the train. Comfortable chairs or sofas provide a more relaxed experience. Passengers in Parlor Class enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and coffee served on all trips.

 

Stampede PassStampede Pass.  The Stampede Pass is a short-dome car with 16 Parlor Class seats on the lower level. Parlor Class passengers will be seated on the lower level either in booths or in leather parlor chairs. The Stampede Pass was built as Northern Pacific 558 for the Northern Pacific Railway’s North Coast Limited, which operated from Chicago to Seattle. The car is currently owned by PAXRAIL of Chicago.

 

 screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-11-04-28-amHomestake Pass.  The Homestake Pass is a short-dome car with 20 Parlor Class seats on the lower level. Parlor Class passengers will be seated on the lower level in leather parlor chairs. The Homestake Pass was built as Northern Pacific 550 for the Northern Pacific Railway’s North Coast Limited, which operated from Chicago to Seattle. The car is currently owned by PAXRAIL of Chicago.

 

 

Moonlight Dome.  The Moonlight Dome was built in 1946 for the C&O Railway for use on the Chess. This train never ran and it ended up being sold to the Baltimore & Ohio in 1950. The car originally was all sleeping quarters, but part of this was removed to include a lounge. This car seats 24 upstairs in Dome Class and 8 downstairs in Parlor Class. Moonlight Dome was extensively rebuilt in 2015 by Crossroads Railcar and is owned by the Cincinnati Railway. 

 

 

 

wisconsin-valleyWisconsin Valley The Wisconsin Valley was built in 1953 by St. Louis car for the US Army as a medic car. The car features comfortable parlor chairs and table seating for 20.  The car is owner by the Friends of the 261 and is based in Minneapolis. 

 

 

 

 

Dome Class

Dome Class Passengers will receive all of the amenities of Parlor Class PLUS the enjoyment of premium seats on a panoramic upper or dome level near the front of the train. These cars provide superb views of the locomotive and passing countryside. Most dome seating is in pairs and groups of four, and is well-suited to groups of two or four. Passengers traveling solo or in odd numbers should expect to be sitting with others and making new friends on the train. Passengers in Dome Class enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and coffee served on all trips.

 

Stampede PassStampede Pass. The Stampede Pass was built as Northern Pacific 558 for the Northern Pacific Railway’s North Coast Limited, which operated from Chicago to Seattle. The car is currently owned by PAXRAIL of Chicago. This short dome features 24 Dome Class seats upstairs arranged in four-packs surrounding a table.  The car also contains 16 Parlor Class seats on the lower level. Short dome cars feature much better forward viewing than Full dome cars. This car is best suited for guests traveling in groups of four or pairs of two. Passengers traveling singly or in odd numbers should expect that they may be sitting with others.

screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-11-04-28-amHomestake Pass. The Homestake Pass was built as Northern Pacific 550 for the Northern Pacific Railway’s North Coast Limited, which operated from Chicago to Seattle. This short dome features 24 Dome Class seats upstairs arranged in four-packs surrounding a table.  The car also contains 20 Parlor Class seats on the lower level. Short dome cars feature much better forward viewing than Full dome cars. This car is best suited for guests traveling in groups of four or pairs of two. Passengers traveling singly or in odd numbers should expect that they may be sitting with others.

 

Moonlight Dome.  The Moonlight Dome was built in 1946 for the C&O Railway for use on the Chess. This train never ran and it ended up being sold to the Baltimore & Ohio in 1950. The car originally was all sleeping quarters, but part of this was removed to include a lounge. This car seats 24 upstairs in Dome Class and 8 downstairs in Parlor Class. Moonlight Dome was extensively rebuilt in 2015 by Crossroads Railcar and is owned by the Cincinnati Railway. 

 

 

 

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Super Dome. Super Dome was built by Pullman in 1942 for the Milwaukee Road.  It was the first full dome car built for a railroad and is one of the heaviest cars ever built! Upstairs features 52 Dome Class seats under a full panorama of glass. The car is owner by the Friends of the 261 and is based in Minneapolis. 

 

 

 

Summit View. Built in 1954 for the Santa Fe Railway by the Budd company. This full length dome features 60 seats with panoramic views all under glass. The car is now owned by Iowa Pacific. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Silver Lariat. Built in 1948, Silver Lariat ran in service for the original California Zephyr for 22 years until that train was discontinued in 1970. 

In the early years of the California Zephyr, Silver Lariat’s priority was designated women’s and children’s meaning that unescorted ladies and mothers with young children occupied the forward end of the car where the mural is located. Accordingly, Silver Lariat was placed directly behind the baggage car, thus it was usually the first Vista-dome in the train. 

 

Chairman’s Class

Silver Solarium  Built in 1948, Silver Solarium ran in service for the original California Zephyr for 22 years until that train was discontinued in 1970. Amtrak purchased the Vista-dome in 1971 and used it for long-distance service until 1980, when it was retired.  During its lifetime of regular service, Silver Solarium has traveled well over 7 million miles.

Silver Solarium was one of 6 Dome Sleeper Observation cars originally built for the California Zephyr. These cars were the ‘Last Word’ in passenger comfort and accommodation, and included a drawing room with shower, a glass-walled cocktail lounge under the dome, an observation lounge in the elegant round end, and of course the Vista-Dome which seated 24 sleeping car passengers.

 

dearing-breakfastPassengers in Chairman’s Class will enjoy the ultimate in luxury and service. Attendants will prepare and serve hot meals, hors d’oeuvres, and soft drinks while you relax in this exclusive section of the train. Guests in this car will be able to move between the dome and the lounge as they please throughout the trip.