VIA Rail 1720 (Single Level Dome)
Vancouver, BC. March, 2006. Photo by Jody Moore.
level dome coach
feet, 11 inches
ADA Restroom?, 2 wheelchair tiedowns
Rail 1703, BC Rail 1720 "Coast"
Notes: This car and two others were built for the Florida Fun Train, but were
left incomplete when the operation shut down. In 2000, the cars were
completed for Panorama Service on BC Rail's Whistler Northwind train
between North Vancouver, BC and Prince George via the resort town of
Whistler. Numbered 1720, named "Coast".
The cars were constructed using the center sills of three former VIA (ex-CN) baggage cars, numbers 9623, 9639 and 9649. I do not yet know which of the three cars donated center sills to which Panorama car, but I am working on it. The three car bodies are in use as storage sheds at CRM's plant in Ft. Lupton, CO.
The interior designed
by Vancouver firm Architectura. When
BC Rail's passenger service was discontinued in October 2002, the 1720
and two other single level dome coaches - 1721
and 1722 - were sold to VIA
Rail, Canada's national passenger service carrier, for service on the
scenic Skeena passenger train, which runs between Jasper, AL and Prince
Rupert, BC on a two day schedule with an overnight stop in Prince George,
cars, which comprise VIA's Panorama class, are used to provide Totem
Deluxe service, which is the top of the line accomodation on the Skeena.
Typically one car is carried in each of the two consists, which also
includes several VIA 1 day coaches and a Park series dome observation
lounge car. The 1720 was repainted in a radical rendition of VIA's new
jade green and silver livery in early 2003. It is also the only Panorama
car that features a small galley and service bar, as well as a small
to Colorado Railcar president Tom Rader for his help in clarifying the
construction situation with these cars.
Inside VIA's Vancouver Maintenance Center. March, 2006. Photo by Jody Moore
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