Our stylishly appointed Vista Dome Lounge-Dining Car is the ultimate in land cruising excellence. The graceful glass-enclosed rooftop observation room provides unparalleled views in all directions.

With day trip and dining capacity for up to 60 guests you travel elegantly while gliding along immersed in breath-taking landscapes. Attentive onboard staff will pamper you with respectful and lavish personal service of a long gone era in railway history.

We invite you to please come join us on the SILVER SPLENDOR and enjoy the sumptuousness of gourmet travel.

Built by the Budd Co. in 1956 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 4735, this stainless steel Vista-Dome coach raced between Chicago and Denver on a daily basis until 1980, the latter 9 years under Amtrak ownership. Originally named SILVER BUCKLE, she was part of the last 2 complete conventional train sets to be ordered new in the pre-Amtrak era and traveled over 4.5 million miles.

With standard coach seating for 50 and 24 seats up in the dome, the SILVER BUCKLE provided fast and comfortable service for many of Amtrak's budget-minded patrons untill the bi-level Superliners arrived. Officially retired in 1981, the car spent time in storage at Oakland, California and Beech Grove, Indiana before being auctioned off to a railcar shop owner in 1993.

In 1997 the current owners, Heidi and John Caestecker, purchased the car in the Midwest and moved it out to Fullerton, California with the intent of restoring it to operating condition as a luxurious Dome-Diner-Lounge. Dining capacity was set to be 24 at tables upstairs and an additional 24 in the long end of the lower level. A cocktail lounge seating 6-8 was to be featured in the short end, with kitchen and restrooms under the dome.

After twelve years of restoration, the SILVER SPLENDOR began its new life as a rolling piece of history in October of 2009. Since then, she has traveled thousands of miles in service under LARail.com. In the summer of 2010, she ran on her home rails between Chicago and Denver for the first time in thirty years. Since then, the SILVER SPLENDOR has ventured as far as New Orleans, Chicago, Seattle, and Washington D.C on various trips across the country.


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