Views, views, views! Amtrak’s vintage dome car is back Aug. 17-Sept. 24, 2017. There is no extra fee for riding on the upper level of the glass-domed car on select Amtrak Downeaster trains, but seats are on a first-come, first served basis, with riders encouraged to rotate in and out to allow everyone to experience it. I rode in this car when it made its Downeaster debut in 2016, and it’s a must-do experience for train buffs and anyone who wants to see the scenery from an elevated position.
This year, the 1955 Great Dome rail car will operate Aug. 17-Sept. 25, Monday-Friday on trains 682, 683, 688, and 689 on weekdays; Saturday on trains 692, 693, 696, and 697; and Sunday on trains 690, 692, 698, and 699.