Northern Pacific 549 (801045)

Owned by Webb Rail LLC, this beautifully restored Budd short dome will make its excursion debut on the 2019 Autumn Colors Express. Featuring completely redone dome seating, a full lounge downstairs, and fresh Northern Pacific paint on the exterior, this is one of the true crown jewels of the ACE consist!

NP 549, in progress – Photo: John Webb III
Dome exterior – Photo: John Webb III
NP 549, in 1971. The car will wear this paint scheme once again.

Prairie View (800606)

Prairie View, a full-length dome belonging to our friends at Iowa Pacific Holdings, is a member of the 2019 Dome Class. Featuring luxurious upper-level seating, and unrivaled views, Prairie View will ensure that you see every bit of the New River Gorge in comfort!

The upstairs dome section of an IPH full-length dome

Summit View (800136)

Summit View is a full-length Dome Class car, owned by Iowa Pacific. Featuring a lovely domed upstairs, and two bathrooms as well as a downstairs seating area, this car will let you see the sights in comfort. One of the last dome cars to be built, this Budd-constructed beauty originally ran on the Santa Fe.

Summit View at Denver Union Station 2019
Summit View at Denver Union Station 2019

Silver Palace (800273)

Silver Palace was built for the Western Pacific Railroad in 1948 as a 46 seat coach, with an additional 24 seats in the dome, for the famed California Zephyr. The car plied the scenic route between Chicago and Oakland, CA, for over two decades, until the train was discontinued in March 1970. As WP had no need for the car after the train was eliminated, the car migrated East and joined the fleet of the new, private Auto-Train Corporation, operating initially between northern Virginia and Florida and later, between Louisville, KY, and Florida.

Photo: Friends of the 261

After the demise of the original Auto-Train, the car was sold into private ownership and passed through several owners. The car was extensive remodeled as a lounge car for country western singer Merle Haggard but was then sold once again and its final assignment was on the Algoma Central Railway in Canada, toting passenger to and from the scenic Agawa Canyon north of Sault Ste. Marie. The car was acquired by the Friends in December 2017 and it has been under restoration since its arrival at Minneapolis Junction. Silver Palace will continue its role as a first class lounge car with the dome seat sold exclusively as “Dome Class”.

Stampede Pass (800290)

A 1954 Budd short dome, this dome car ran on Northern Pacific’s famed North Coast Limited before Amtrak. Now owned by Paxrail, this car features Dome Class and Lounge Class seating.

The beautiful Lounge Class seating of “Stampede Pass.” Photo: Nick Benson/

Moonlight Dome (800203)

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.