Lonely Planet Writer

Start planning a trip to see the fall foliage in this vintage glass-domed train car

You can now admire the glorious changing colours of the fall foliage in New England and Canada aboard trains incorporating Amtrak’s historic Great Dome Car. The vintage glass-domed car has an upper level with windows on all sides and overhead, to provide passengers with panoramic views of the scenic villages, coastline, marshes, streams and landscapes located all along the routes.

You can see fall foliage in Amtrak’s vintage glass-domed trains. Image: Amtrak

This year, the fall travel experience is being offered on the Adirondack and Downeaster trains. The Great Dome Car will travel along with it on four trips per day from Brunswick via Portland to Boston between 11 August and 23 September. On the Adirondack train, you can immerse yourself in the changing tree colours and Lake Champlain vistas as you travel from Montreal via Albany and on to New York from 27 September to 2 November.

The fall travel experience is being offered on the Adirondack and Downeaster trains. Image: Amtrak

The seats in the upper level of the Dome Car are available at no extra cost, but they are unreserved and available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is the only remaining dome car in Amtrak service, and was built in 1955 by the Budd Company for the Great Northern and carried the name “Ocean View,” and was known as car number 1391. It was conveyed to Amtrak in 1971 and has been refurbished on a number of occasions. It has been used in various Amtrak services including the Pacific Surfliners and other charters and excursions.

The seats in the upper level of the Dome Car are unreserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Image: Amtrak

To make a booking on either of the Great Dome Car’s trips on the Downeaster or Adirondack fall routes, see here.