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Date: 07/31/20 20:33
Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: sethamtrak

Tonight we see the NP 313 Dome-Sleeper and the NYC Babbling Brook Sleeper-Obs on the rear of train 48 on the way to their home in Albany station. This is the last leg of it's debut out of New Orleans. LA, San Diego, the Bay Area, Denver, and Chicago were visited. 

I tapped the shutter a second too early on the 2nd shot but oh well. Thanks for looking! Seth- 








Date: 08/01/20 05:33
Re: Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: mp51w

That dome is immaculate!  A real head turner!  Thanks for the cool night shots!



Date: 08/01/20 06:47
Re: Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: bmarti7

Seth-where did you shoot these shots? Thanks 

Bismarck Bill



Date: 08/01/20 09:45
Re: Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: Dcmcrider

bmarti7 Wrote:
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> Seth-where did you shoot these shots? Thanks 
>
> Bismarck Bill

I'm not Seth, but the location is near the grade crossing at Lumber St. in Chicago.

Paul Wilson
Arlington, VA



Date: 08/01/20 15:16
Re: Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: sethamtrak

mp51w Wrote:
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> That dome is immaculate!  A real head turner! 
> Thanks for the cool night shots!

I agree! It's stunning inside and out. The master bedroom looks like an actual bedroom of a home. 



Date: 08/01/20 15:50
Re: Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: jp1822

Looking back, it just seems a little odd to me that the Dome cars were outfitted with sleeper space. Seems that domes were more common to having coach seating on the first level, or a cafe/restaurant service. More of a lounge. 

So if the dome was outfitted with sleepers, like this dome, I presume the occupants of the "dome seats" in this car would have been from the adjacent sleeper cars as well as those occupants within the dome sleeper itself, perhaps a priority!!! 



Date: 08/01/20 20:21
Re: Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: EMD2024

Great shots Seth. Almost wish we could put the Puget Sound back in original Great Northern paint but stainless steel is much easier to keep clean.

MWPerkins
PV Puget Sound

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Date: 08/02/20 01:54
Re: Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: chakk

jp1822 Wrote:
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> Looking back, it just seems a little odd to me
> that the Dome cars were outfitted with sleeper
> space. Seems that domes were more common to having
> coach seating on the first level, or a
> cafe/restaurant service. More of a lounge. 
>
> So if the dome was outfitted with sleepers, like
> this dome, I presume the occupants of the "dome
> seats" in this car would have been from the
> adjacent sleeper cars as well as those occupants
> within the dome sleeper itself, perhaps a
> priority!!! 

When I rode the NP dome sleeper in a single bedroom below the dome  in 1969, the upstairs was fitted with lounge tables and the occupants were served drinks and snacks by an attendant.



Date: 08/02/20 06:35
Re: Saying goodbye to the Dome and Observation car
Author: czephyr17

jp1822 Wrote:
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>I presume the occupants of the "dome
> seats" in this car would have been from the
> adjacent sleeper cars as well as those occupants
> within the dome sleeper itself

Correct. When the NP/CB&Q originally purchased these dome-sleepers in 1954 for the North Coast Limited there were two assigned to each train. One went to Seattle and one to Portland. The dome seating was for use by all first class Pullman passengers in five or six sleeping cars. There was also an observation lounge at the end of the train for the first class passengers. In addition to the dome sleepers, there were two dome coaches on each train.

In 1967 the NP eliminated the observation lounge at the end of the train and turned one dome sleeper into a lounge by installing tables in the dome and a service area in one of the rooms underneath the dome. Also during the 1960s as passenger volumes declined, particularly in winter season, NP would lease dome sleepers to the IC and others for their Florida trains.

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