VIA Rail Canada’s park cars run on Amtrak’s Adirondack.

In the Northeast, Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends are peak demand times for Amtrak, who responds by lengthening consists and adding additional trains. Typically, Amtrak turns to NJTransit and MARC to provide a few extra sets of equipment for this additional service. This year, realizing that operating rail equipment is in short supply due to the recent hurricane, VIA Rail Canada provided Amtrak two train sets–10 coaches and two Park Cars (observation lounge dome cars), which were put into service on the Adirondack.


From VIA Rail trainsets on the Adirondack, posted by Tom Coughlin on 11/26/2012 (14 items)

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2 comments to VIA Rail Canada’s park cars run on Amtrak’s Adirondack.

  • Rebecca

    Is there a difference in cost for passengers in the cars with the dome ceiling?

    • Tom

      At home in Canada, VIARail gives the coach passengers and sleeping car passengers separate dome lounge cars, and the Park Cars are exclusively used by the sleeping car passengers (first class lounges). Amtrak operates only coach class on the Adirondack, so everyone on the train got to use it. There is only one train on Amtrak where the sleeping car passengers get their own lounge, the Coast Starlight (Seattle to Los Angeles).

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