Holland America Westours 1055 "Nenana"
for the first time! Ft. Lupton, CO. Jan. 17, 2004. Photo by Mike McGowen.
Level "B" Dome Coach
(includes a wheelchair tiedown in the lift area)
feet, 1.25 inches
feet x 10 feet
lift to dome, 3 dome seats, restrooms & dining
America Westours (HALX) 1055
Named "Nenana". 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.
the first of the four cars in the second order to be built, the 1055
holds the landmark honor of being Colorado Railcar's 30th twin level
full dome car, equalling the combined production of full domes by Budd
and Pullman. This is indeed a landmark milestone for the Ft. Lupton,
1055 is a B coach, with a wheelchair lift and an observation platform,
and a small lounge on the lower level. 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 this car while it was under construction.
You can see the photos here.
WA. March 14, 2004. Photo by Jody Moore.
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