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Savannah Rambler Private Dome Car Excursions

May 4 @ 10:00 am - May 6 @ 8:00 pm

The Savannah Rambler Private Dome Car Experience!

Enjoy a relaxing luxurious private railcar journey to Savannah, GA or Charleston, SC! May 4th-6th, 2018.

The Savannah Rambler is part of a series of exciting private railcar trips the Virginia Museum of Transportation Inc. will be operating in the Spring of 2018. These trips will operate behind Amtrak. 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. We are selling these trips as one-ways only. This allows guests to choose what type of trip works best for their travel.

Only 24 seats will be sold on these trips! All meals, wine, beer, and a seat in the Dome is included.

Dome Class: $349 One-way
This is not a Steam Powered Excursion (Power Provided by Amtrak)

May 4th trip (Southbound) – Boarding will take place in Washington Union Station near Gate J, guests are invited to get off at either the Charleston, SC Amtrak Station or Savannah, GA Amtrak Station.

Click here to buy Southbound tickets. General sales begin December 21. If you received a presale code you can enter it here.

May 6th trip (Northbound) – Initial boarding will take place at Savannah, GA Amtrak Station with additional guests boarding at Charleston, SC once on board guests will disembark at the Washington DC Union Station.

Click here to buy Northbound tickets. General sales begin December 21. If you received a presale code you can enter it here.

Both trips are one way trips that allow passengers to ride in a flexible schedule, the one way distance on this trip is 594 miles. Overnight accommodations are not included in this trip, however we are working on a room block with a local hotel TBD. 


Schedule: 5/4/2018
Departure Time 10:00 AM
Boarding Takes Place 30 Minutes Prior to Departure
Amtrak Train: AMTK 89
Depart Washington, DC, VA 10:00 AM
Arrive Charleston, SC 7:19 PM
Arrive Savannah, GA 9:04 PM


Schedule: 5/6/2018
Departure Time 8:20 AM
Boarding Takes Place 30 Minutes Prior to Departure
Amtrak Train: AMTK 90
Depart Savannah, GA 8:20 AM
Arrive/Depart Charleston, SC 10:00 AM
Arrive Washington, DC, VA 7:42 PM


Station Addresses:


  • Washington DC Union Station: 50 Massachusetts Ave NE.
    Washington, DC 20002
  • Charleston, SC Amtrak Station. 4565 Gaynor Ave. North
    Charleston, SC. 29405
  • Savannah Amtrak Station, 2611 Seaboard Coastline Drive.
    Savannah, GA 31401


Route Guide:

We will be operating behind Amtrak’s Palmetto Route, a trip guide is published by Amtrak. Please note we will take be riding the section that travels through Charleston, South Carolina.

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.


May 4 @ 10:00 am
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
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