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UPY 2312

Type of Car: Double deck dome coach with upper level observation platform
Seating
Coach: 72
Dining: 36
Dimensions
Length: 89 feet
Height: 18 feet, 0.5 inches
Weight: ?
Platform Size : 10' x 10'8.25"
Kitchen/Galley: Yes
Lower Level Lounge : No
Restrooms: 2, 1 ADA compliant
ADA Features: 1 ADA Restroom, wheelchair lift, ADA seating in dining area, lift table, ADA seating in dome.
History
Built: Aug. 2007
Ran as: Alaska Railroad (ARR) 653 (2007-present).

 

Notes: Since its inception with the delivery of dome cars 651 and 652 back in 2005, Alaska Railroad's Goldstar service has been wildly popular. Before the first pair of cars were delivered, they were virtually completely sold out for their first season. For 2007, the Alaska Railroad augmented its Goldstar fleet with two more cars, ARR 653 and 654.

Like the previous two cars, the 653 and 654 seat 72 riders in the dome. The cars will also have the trademark upper level observation platform that debuted on those first two cars. The cars will also be ADA accessible, with ADA restrooms, dining area seating, and wheelchair lifts to the upper level.

Alaska 2000 Aurora

Photos:  
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ARR 653 taking shape on the CRM shop floor. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.

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ARR 653 sits at the CRM interchange with UP, ready to head north. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.
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ARR 653 at Denver Union Station. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.

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ARR 653 and train holding the main at Speer, WY. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.

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ARR 653 and train meet a loaded coal train at West Elkhorn, WY. The locomotives are the DPUs on the tail end, so we are actually seeing the tail end of both trains. Aug. 31, 2007. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.

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Looking forward as the train carryin ARR 653 and 654 crosses the Lower Skyline Trestle on Montana Rail Link's Mullan Pass line. Sept. 2, 2007. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.
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ARR 653 and 654 in Spence, WY. Sept. 1, 2007. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.

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Loading the ARR 653 and 654 on the barge in Seattle. Sept. 4, 2007. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.
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Loading the ARR 653 and 654 on the barge in Seattle. Sept. 4, 2007. Photo by Jody Moore. Click to enlarge.

For corrections, questions or to contribute photos, please e-mail me at: potb101@aim.com. Thanks!

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