Amtrak’s Great Dome car has returned to the Pacific Surfliner for a limited time, offering spectacular views of the breathtaking Southern California scenery along our route.
With upper-level windows on all sides, including facing forward and reverse, riders in this vintage rail car can enjoy 360-degree views of rolling hills, sun-drenched beaches and picturesque seaside towns. The large, domed windows allow riders to appreciate scenery that isn’t as visible from a car, such as the rugged bluffs of the Torrey Pines State Park and the coastal wetlands of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.
As the last rail car of its kind still operated by Amtrak, the Great Dome represents a piece of history. It is a rare opportunity for Southern California residents to get a glimpse into the past while also enjoying the views along the Pacific Surfliner route from a different perspective.
The Great Dome is Back!
Check back soon to see when the Great Dome will be on the Pacific Surfliner again!
History of the Great Dome Car
The Great Dome car was built in 1955 for the Great Northern Railway and was brought to Amtrak in the early 1970s. After being renovated in 1985, it traveled as part of the Amtrak Auto Train between Washington, D.C. and Orlando. Since then, it has been once again refurbished, traveling across the country with various Amtrak trains.
We’ll share updates about the Great Dome and other train status information on our @PacSurfliners Twitter account during its time with us. Don’t forget to share your photos with us using the hashtag #PacificSurfliner!