Friday, November 12, 2010

Museum Charters “Silver Splendor” Vista-Dome Car For Feb. 19 Excursion

Ed Leska was amazed at the stunning coastline
views from Silver Splendor's dome.
Santa Barbara South Coast residents have a unique opportunity to ride a classic Vista Dome car on Feb. 19, 2011, when the museum has chartered the historic Silver Splendor railcar for a one-day roundtrip along the Pacific Coast to San Luis Obispo.

Vista Dome cars are famous for their graceful glass-enclosed rooftop observation rooms, which provide unparalleled views in all directions. Museum volunteer Ed Leska, who knows something about vintage-rail travel, explains: “Riding in the dome gives you the very best views of the coast and valleys!  You can see the ocean and the mountains, look forward and back without moving from your seat!”

Silver Splendor today
The museum group is limited to 48 passengers, so that everyone will be guaranteed seating in the 24-seat dome for one-half of the trip. Those making early reservations have first choice of riding in the dome either during the north- or southbound leg of the trip.

Passengers may board in either Santa Barbara or Goleta. Travel times are as follows: Depart Santa Barbara (SB) at 10:15 a.m. (Goleta 10:27). Arrive San Luis Obispo (SLO) at 12:45 p.m. Depart SLO at 2:00 p.m. Arrive SB at 4:31 p.m. (Goleta 4:16).

Tickets for the Feb. 19 Silver Splendor excursion are only $75 for museum members; $79 for the general public. Soft drinks and light snacks are included. To make your reservations, call the museum any weekday afternoon at 805/964-3540.

The car's original name was Silver Buckle.
Built by the Budd Co. in 1956 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 4735, this stainless steel car raced between Chicago and Denver on a daily basis until 1980, the last nine years under Amtrak ownership. Originally named Silver Buckle, she was part of the last two complete conventional train sets to be ordered new in the pre-Amtrak era, traveling more than 4.5 million miles.

To learn more about Silver Splendor, please visit: http://heritagerailways.us/index.htm

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