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, the coastal wetlands of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, the rocky hillsides of the Santa Susanna Pass and the roadless, pastoral backcountry near the Vandenberg Air Force Base.
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.
Business Class tickets are required to sit in the Great Dome car, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase tickets at PacificSurfliner.com and select “Business Class” in Step 2 of the booking process. Business Class riders also receive complimentary snacks, drinks and other perks.
The Great Dome car will be part of our single-level Horizon trainset for a limited time. When planning your trip, refer to the table below to see which trains are expected to use this equipment. We’ll update the information as it becomes available.
|Monday, April 23||Trains 565, 572, 583|
|Tuesday, April 24||Not in Service|
|Wednesday, April 25||Not in Service|
|Thursday, April 26||Trains 759, 782|
|Friday, April 27||Trains 565, 572, 583|
|Saturday, April 28||Trains 564, 573, 1588|
|Saturday, April 29||Trains 565, 572, 583|
Dates and availability are subject to change. Follow us on Twitter (@PacSurfliners) for train status updates, including any changes to the information above. If you need to change your Business Class reservation to a different train or day, call 800-USA-RAIL prior to the start of your trip.
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!