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Private Dome Car Excursions Between Washington, D.C. and Roanoke

May 10 @ 4:45 pm - May 13 @ 1:30 pm

In order to celebrate Amtrak’s return to Roanoke. The Virginia Museum of Transportation is operating a series of fund raising private railcar excursions between Washington, DC and Roanoke. These trips will use a luxurious dome car and feature full meal service, beer and wine. One of our Washington, D.C. to Roanoke trips this series offers an exclusive wine tasting as well. We are thrilled to have Amtrak back in Roanoke! All proceeds will go toward supporting the Virginia Museum of Transportation and 611’s maintenance.

Over the May 10-13 weekend we are offering two series of journeys, the Roanoke Arrow and the Potomac Arrow, running between Roanoke and Washington, D.C. The Roanoke Arrow runs southbound, departing Washington, D.C. in the early evening, and arrives in Roanoke later that night. The Potomac Arrow runs northbound, departing Roanoke in the morning, and arrives in Washington D.C. around lunchtime. 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 not a steam powered journey. It is pulled by Amtrak on the tail end of the regularly scheduled service. Only 24 seats will be sold on these trips. Food, drinks and a seat in the Moonlight Dome car are included. Short dome cars, such as the Moonlight Dome, feature much better forward viewing than full dome cars. This car is best suited for guests traveling in groups of four or pairs of two. Passengers traveling singly or in odd numbers should expect to sit with others and make new friends on the train.

We are selling these trips as one-ways only. This allows guests to choose what type of trip works best for their travel. You may want to ride down to Roanoke Thursday evening on the Roanoke Arrow and return Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Another delightful option would be to rent a car and drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are endless options! In order to book a round trip, you will need to buy two separate one way tickets. You may detrain earlier in Charlottesville or Lynchburg/or board later in Alexandria/Manassas, but you must notify us 48 hours in advance via email

The Potomac Arrow Dome Class: $199 (Firday 5/11 $175) One Way. Washington, DC (WAS) – Roanoke, VA (RNK).
Board at Washington, DC’s Union Station and disembark at the new Amtrak station in downtown Roanoke adjacent to the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Dinner is provided along with complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks. If you choose to spend the night in Roanoke you will need to make hotel reservations separate from booking this ticket. We recommend the following hotels:

Hotel Roanoke: Built by the Norfolk and Western Railway in 1882 Hotel Roanoke is the railroad hotel. Restored in 1995 Hotel Roanoke is owned by Virginia Tech and managed by Hilton Hotels. A stay in Hotel Roanoke is not one you will soon forget. You can find out more information at Website or by Calling 540-985-5900. Hotel Roanoke is located within walking distance of the new Amtrak Roanoke Station (RNK)

Hampton Inn – Downtown Roanoke: Completed within the past two years the Hampton Inn offers comfortable rooms and a hot breakfast. Located on the other side of downtown Roanoke the Hampton is a quiet place to spend the night. More information is located on their Website or by Calling +1-540-400-6000

The Roanoke Arrow Dome Class: $199. One Way. Roanoke, VA (RNK) – Washington, DC (WAS)
Board at Roanoke’s Amtrak station and disembark at the at Washington, DC’s Union Station. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided in the dome, along with complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks. If you choose to spend the night in Washington, DC you will need to make hotel reservations separate from booking this ticket.

Schedule: 5/10/18
The Roanoke Arrow + Wine Tasting $199
This trip is very special as we will be offering a special Port Wine sampler, including a rare 1950 Kopke Vintage Port, the same year the 611 was built!
Boarding takes places 30 minutes prior to departure
AMTK 171
Depart Washington, D.C. 4:50 p.m.
Arrive Roanoke, Va.  09:55 p.m.
Purchase tickets for Thursday’s Roanoke Arrow and Wine Tasting

Schedule: 5/11/18
The Potomac Arrow $175
Boarding takes place 30 minutes prior to departure
AMTK 176
Depart Roanoke, Va. 6:19 a.m.
Arrive Washington, D.C. 11:20 p.m.
Purchase tickets for Friday’s Potomac Arrow

Schedule: 5/11/18
The Roanoke Arrow $199
Boarding takes place 30 minutes prior to departure
AMTK 171
Depart Washington, D.C. 4:50 p.m.
Arrive Roanoke, Va. 9:55 p.m.
Purchase tickets for Friday’s Roanoke Arrow

Schedule: 5/12/18
The Potomac Arrow $199
Boarding takes place 30 minutes prior to departure
AMTK 156
Depart Roanoke, Va. 8:40 a.m.
Arrives Washington, D.C. 1:35 p.m.
Purchase tickets for Saturday’s Potomac Arrow

Schedule: 5/12/18
The Roanoke Arrow $199
Boarding takes place 30 minutes prior to departure
AMTK 147
Depart Washington, D.C. 4:35 p.m.
Arrives Roanoke, Va. 9:33 p.m.
Purchase tickets for Saturday’s Roanoke Arrow

Schedule: 5/13/18
The Potomac Arrow $199
Boarding takes place 30 minutes prior to departure
AMTK 156
Depart Roanoke, Va. 8:40 a.m.
Arrive Washington, D.C. 1:35 p.m.
Purchase tickets for Sunday’s Potomac Arrow

Station Addresses

Roanoke Amtrak Station (RNK)
55 Norfolk Avenue, SW
Roanoke, VA 24011

Washington DC Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave NE,
Washington, DC. 20002

Air service in Roanoke: The Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) offers approximately 50 scheduled airline flights arriving and departing daily, providing nonstop service to nine major cities.

Air service in Washington, D.C.: The Washington D,C. Metro Area is served by Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).

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.

Details

Start:
May 10 @ 4:45 pm
End:
May 13 @ 1:30 pm
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