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Metropolitan Private Dome Car Excursion
May 13 @ 4:05 pm - 11:47 pm
The Virginia Museum of Transportation will be operating a series of fund raising private railcar excursions. These trips will use a luxurious dome car and feature full meal service, beer and wine. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer these trips behind Amtrak’s regularly scheduled trains. All proceeds will go toward supporting 611’s maintenance.
Only 24 seats will be sold on this trip! Food, Drinks, and a Seat in the Dome Included.
Dome Class: $199. One Way. Washington, DC (WAS) – Pittsburgh, PA (PGH)
This is not a steam powered journey (power provided by Amtrak).
Boarding Takes Place 30 Minutes Prior to Departure
Amtrak Train: AMTK 29
Depart Washington, DC 4:05 PM
Arrive Pittsburgh, PA 11:47 PM
The Metropolitan is part of a series of exciting private railcar trips the Virginia Museum of Transportation Inc. will be operating over the May 10-13th weekend. These trips will operate behind Amtrak’s regularly scheduled trains. The 611 will not be pulling these trips, but the proceeds will go towards the 611’s maintenance.
Private railcar trips allow the museum to offer some amenities that aren’t possible during the regular excursions including wine, beer as well as more luxurious meal service.
This is a one way trip. You will need to arrange your own return trip back. Passengers will disembark at the Pittsburgh, PA station around 11:47 PM depending on schedule. From there passengers are responsible for transportation to a hotel, and return home.
You may detrain earlier at (Connersville, PA or Cumberland, MD)
Washington DC Union Station 50
Massachusetts Ave NE,
Washington, DC. 20002
This is not a steam powered journey.
Pittsburgh, PA Amtrak station
1100 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Dinner will be provided in the dome, along with complimentary beer and wine.
There are many hotels near the Pittsburgh Amtrak Station.
If you wish to return to Washington, DC you will need to make arrangements on Amtrak Train #30 – The Capitol Limited this arrives at Pittsburgh at 5:05 AM and departs at 5:20 AM. Passengers are responsible for their return trip.
Private Car Experience:
Enjoy travel on a private car charter with first class service. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the world going by outside the window while traveling in luxury.
First Class service aboard the Moonlight Dome – Nov, 2017
First Class dinner service aboard the Moonlight Dome – Nov, 2017
Passengers enjoying the trip on the Moonlight Dome – Nov, 2017
The Moonlight Dome’s on-board chef prepares meals for passengers – Nov, 2017
Passengers take in the penthouse views on the Moonlight Dome – Nov, 2017
The Car – Moonlight Dome:
The Moonlight Dome was built 1948 for the ill-fated “Chessie” streamliner by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. The Chessie which would have competed with the N&W on the Cincinnati-Washington DC/Newport News route. The train was cancelled before beginning service and the cars were sold off. The train was one of the first transportation modes to offer individual reading lights, as well as such first as music piped into the headrests, aquariums in the lounge car and other luxuries. Most of the Chessie coaches were sold off to Argentina (where several are still in service!) and transferred to the Pere Marquette. Meanwhile the domes were sold/scattered amongst the B&O and Rio Grande Railroads. The C&O is an important railroad in Virginia history and these special trips onboard the Moonlight Dome allow us to experience it firsthand!
Moonlight Dome operating on the New River Train in Hinton, WV Oct 2015.
Moonlight Dome in service with floodlights installed in service on the B&O.
Dome Car History:
CB&Q Pioneered the modern dome car. As seen here in the September, 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics.