Built in 1949 for the Pennsylvania Railroad for use on the famous Broadway Limited train between New York and Chicago, this beautiful observation car is one of our three Chairman’s Class cars, bringing up the markers on the 2021 Autumn Colors Express.
The Frank Thompson will not operate with reserved seating. Chairman passengers in the Frank Thompson will pick seats within the lounge upon arrival.
Moonlight Dome was the first of three private room-dome cabin cars originally built for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) and intended for service on The Chessie, the planned but never-operated Washington-Cincinnati dayliner.
These cars were called Strata-Domes. These three C&O dome cabin cars were ordered in 1946 and built by Budd.
Now without a need by C&O, the three cars were sold to the Baltimore & Ohio in December 1950. The Baltimore & Ohio gave the three cars names: MOONLIGHT DOME, STARLIGHT DOME, and SUNLIGHT DOME.
Beginning on December 20, 1950, STARLIGHT and SUNLIGHT operated in daily service on the Capitol Limited while MOONLIGHT operated in alternate directions on the Shenandoah until October 1963.
Thereafter it became the spare car for the Capitol Limited.
Designed by famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens and built by the Milwaukee Road in 1948 in its own Milwaukee Shops for service on the Twin Cities Hiawathas, the Cedar Rapids is one of only four Skytop observation parlor lounges ever built and the only one that still rides the rails today.
With 24 large comfortable, reclining, rotating parlor chairs, which make for the smoothest ride you will ever have. Additional seating for 12 more in the Skytop Solarium, offers a full view of the tracks rolling out from behind, as well as the sky above. This car also retains all its original woodwork, upholstery and wool carpeting throughout.
Truly a one-of-a-kind car, this former Milwaukee full-length dome is part of our Chairman’s Class, paired with the Cedar Rapids on the 2020 Autumn Colors Express. Featuring a full-length dome with a large bar, it also sports a kitchen- which will produce the freshly prepared meals emblematic of this class of service.