Holland America Westours 1054 "Eklutna"
March 14, 2004. Photo by Jody Moore.
Level "A" Dome Coach
||18 feet, 1.25 inches
Restroom & dining area seating
America Westours (HALX) 1054
Named "Eklutna". Holland America 1054-1057 represent the completion
of an eight car order for the largest dome cars ever built (at least
as of early 2004.) The previous cars - HALX 1050-1053 - were delivered
in the spring of 2003. This group was delivered on March 7, 2004.
1054 is an A coach, with a full kitchen, but no observation platform
or lounge. The A cars have a slightly larger dining area, with 44 seats
as opposed to 40 in the B cars. In design and decor, the new cars are
almost indistinguishable from the earlier cars in the order. All eight
cars are used in Holland America's luxury service on the Alaska Railroad,
hauling cruise passengers behind the ARR's Denali Star passenger train
between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
the delivery of these four cars to Holland America, the majority of
their fleet of vintage Budd domes will be retired, with several being
stored for other service.
November, 2003, I visited Colorado Railcar's plant in Ft. Lupton, CO
and had the chance to tour the 1055 while it was under construction.
You can see the photos here.
Pasco, WA. March 14, 2004. Photo by Jody Moore.
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