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NNEPRA brings a room with a view


Amtrak is bringing its Great Dome Car to Maine so Downeaster passengers can catch a whole new view on their trip.

The special dome, built in 1955, will offer passengers a panoramic view between Aug. 13 and Sept. 18, making four trips a day. It’s elevated second-level should make views of woods, rivers and coastal villages even better.

The upper level has table seating so passengers can relax and enjoy a very different perspective of Northern New England, according to Patricia Quinn of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.

The Great Dome Car is typically used on Amtrak trains on the west coast, and recently spent some time in Michigan.

Quinn said the Great Dome makes occasional trips around the country for special promotional trips and each year, it comes to the east and is on the Adirondack service during foliage season.

Although the car makes it to the Northeast region for leaf peepers, Quinn said it has never been to Maine. NNEPRA requested and was granted use of the bi-level car ahead of the foliage this year for its Downeaster passengers.

“We expect that the Dome will provide Downeaster passengers with a very unique travel experience,” Quinn said. Read the Full Article