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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 budget-minded patrons till Amtrak s 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 will be 24 at tables upstairs and another 24 in the long end of the lower level. A cocktail lounge seating 10-12 will be featured in the short end, with kitchen and restrooms under the dome.

With the luxury appointments now installed for the car’s rebirth, SILVER SPLENDOR is now in active Amtrak service and is available for private charter or public excursion. For more information about our public trips, please visit the trips page. For more information about chartering the car for private ventures, please visit the Private Charter Page.

Manufacturer:Budd Company
Built for:Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Year Built:1956
Service on:Denver Zephyr
Weight:70 tons
Capacity:50 day
Construction:Stainless Steel
Trucks:Inside Swing Hanger
Top Speed:110 MPH

Silver Splendor Floor Plan

1956 Budd Vista-Dome coach rebuilt into a Dome-Diner-Lounge. Originally from CB&Q. Comfortable dining seating for 24 in the dome and 24 in the lower dining level. Lounge/bar at the other end.
The Silver Splendor in Portland Oregon.
The Silver Splendor in Portland Oregon.
View from the dome in Santa Barbara.
View from the dome in Santa Barbara.
Headed up the beautiful California Coast.
Headed up the beautiful California Coast.
Owner John Caestecker and the classic feel of the car.
Owner John Caestecker and the classic feel of the car.
The Silver Splendor lounge area.
The Silver Splendor lounge area.
Lower level dining area.
Lower level dining area.
Dome seating. The best seats in the house.
Dome seating. The best seats in the house.
The view from the dome is spectacular.
The view from the dome is spectacular.