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Exvalley

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Has anyone heard of this? I can't tell if it is serious or not, since half of the website is not even complete.

 

jiml

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There's a lot of inconsistencies on the website, including a random language switch on the Q&A page. Someone has certainly gone to a lot of trouble though and have access to some interesting rolling stock - at least for pictures.
 

tgstubbs1

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It looks like a fantastic way to travel!

All they need is auto transport cars and a pet lounge car to make it complete!
 

bms

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Nothing but buzzwords. I'm trying to put together a presentation to start a small passenger railroad right now, and investors want to see information on how their investment could return real money. I doubt this company does anything other than put up that snazzy site.
 

railiner

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What's the point of a dome car for an overnight trip between LA and San Francisco?
In this particular case, not so much, other than as a sales aid.
That said,, back when short domes were in use, as long as the crew dimmed the lights at night, you had a surprisingly good view out, especially if you enjoyed watching the headlight play along the scenery, and watching the signals ahead...
On a bright moonlit night, you could see the scenery pretty well. The B&O used them on its Washington/Chicago overnight trains, and even equipped them with floodlights angled to light up the trackside scenery of the Allegheny's.:cool:
 

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That said,, back when short domes were in use, as long as the crew dimmed the lights at night, you had a surprisingly good view out, especially if you enjoyed watching the headlight play along the scenery, and watching the signals ahead...
On a bright moonlit night, you could see the scenery pretty well. The B&O used them on its Washington/Chicago overnight trains, and even equipped them with floodlights angled to light up the trackside scenery of the Allegheny's.:cool:
It's the same reason VIA had them on the Ocean. The scenery is pleasant enough, but not "dome-worthy" in the mountain sense. However, watching the route ahead at night as you've said or seeing the sun rise with your morning coffee/tea in the dome car are two of the great experiences of rail travel.
 

20th Century Rider

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Just California Dreamin' - but as long as we are doing just that, make it a daytime run and enjoy the dome car! 'Warning' that this vid requires an investment in time... 14:48 minutes; but... if you have the time... c'mon along!

 

20th Century Rider

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Very nice...what do they charge for the one way trip?
A lot! Amtrak charges an arm and a leg to tow in compliance cars... and then there is all the expenses of crew, car, and et. So this is what they charge... A lot! BTW... all this is in past tense. Those days are probably gone forever.
 

NS VIA Fan

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It's the same reason VIA had them on the Ocean. The scenery is pleasant enough, but not "dome-worthy" in the mountain sense. However, watching the route ahead at night as you've said or seeing the sun rise with your morning coffee/tea in the dome car are two of the great experiences of rail travel.
It's 9am and we're heading to Montreal on the Ocean on a sunny and cold morning......but it warm and cozy up in the Dome and complementary coffee is available. You'd think the Dome would be full but it's wide open! And it was no different the previous day. The obvious railfans had staked out the front seats but most others would just wander up for a few minutes then return to their accommodations.



 

NS VIA Fan

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It’s good to see dome cars are still alive and well, in regular service. Thanks for posting!🙂
Regular Service ? .....The Ocean hasn't run since last March :( and it's not clear if a Dome will return when the Ocean resumes in it's new 'Hybrid' configuration.
 

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I wonder if there's a dome currently on the Canadian restart out west, considering there's no Prestige Park, no lounge access and no movement from one's space except to the diner for breakfast and dinner. Coach passengers are getting at-seat service and sleeper passengers must eat lunch in their rooms. Would it make sense to tow cars that serve no revenue purpose?
 

jiml

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It's 9am and we're heading to Montreal on the Ocean on a sunny and cold morning......but it warm and cozy up in the Dome and complementary coffee is available. You'd think the Dome would be full but it's wide open! And it was no different the previous day. The obvious railfans had staked out the front seats but most others would just wander up for a few minutes then return to their accommodations.



Brought back memories...
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