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Dome cars added to excursion
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The “Hiwassee River Rail Adventure” has added two premium dome cars for the upcoming 2013 train excursion season that begins April 6, 2013. All trains that operate on the “Hiwassee River Rail Adventure” feature comfortable seating with large viewing windows but the dome cars offer passengers superior views of the scenery from the top of the train.

The “Hiwassee River Rail Adventure” recently secured the “Algonquin Park” and “Great Northern Railroad 9410” dome cars to add to its existing train. The former Canadian Pacific “Algonquin Park” dome/observation car offers either high-level dome lounge or comfortable observation lounge seating. Dome seating allows passengers a panoramic view of the passing scenery from the top of the car. Observation lounge seating on the “Algonquin Park” provides passengers a unique view from the end of the car for one way (which will be on the rear of the train for second half the trip). The Great Northern Railway dome car “9410” offers dome seating with views from the top of the car as well. All dome and lounge accommodations include complimentary snacks, soft drinks, water, and coffee.

The “Hiwassee River Rail Adventure “is a scenic train excursion that runs between Etowah, TN and Copperhill, TN from April through November. The railroad line winds alongside the Scenic Hiwassee River, into the remote Hiwassee River Gorge, over the famous Hiwassee Rail Loop, and on to Copperhill, TN, an historic copper mining town situated on the Tennessee and Georgia state line. The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association owns the rail line and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum operates the trains.

Dome railroad cars came into being the in the 1940’s. The Vista-Dome car was conceived by Cyrus Osborn, a General Motors vice president, in 1944 as he rode in the diesel locomotive of a freight train in the Glenwood Canyon. Overtaken with the views that were not obscured by the walls of a passenger car, he contemplated a method to provide passengers with the same breathtaking views he was experiencing and started sketching a way to provide train passengers a means of viewing scenery. The president of the Burlington Railroad saw the early sketches done by Osborn and converted one of the railroad's passenger cars into a dome car. This prototype car was named Silver Dome and was put into service in 1945. It was such a hit that before the end of that year the Burlington placed orders for 40 dome cars to be built.

Linda Caldwell, Executive Director for the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, said, “We are so excited about the addition of the two dome cars for our 2013 train excursion season. The Hiwassee River Rail Adventure carries passengers along on a beautiful corridor, surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and Hiwassee River. The dome cars will provide even better views of the natural beauty surrounding the railroad.”

For information about the “Hiwassee River Rail Adventure,” contact the Tennessee Overhill at 877-510-5765 or the Etowah Ticket Office at 423-263-7840 or go to www.tvrail.com.


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