Join us Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. for a ride on the Cincinnati Dinner Train, boarding at the BBQ Revue, 4725 Madison Road [MAP] in Madisonville, northeast side of Cincinnati. Exit I-71 onto Red Bank Road (Exit 9), go south to Madison Road and turn right. BBQ Revue is less then 1 mile west, on the left.
Cost is $45 per person for the meeting, train ride, dinner and beverages. The first 30 registrants will ride the dinner train’s newly acquired Moonlight Dome car. Additional coach seats are available in the rest of the train.
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An All Aboard Ohio Board Meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the BBQ Revue. You are welcome to attend and observe. Board the train starting at 5 p.m. You must be on board by 5:30 p.m. There will be a brief association report in the Moonlight Dome car prior to the 6 p.m. departure. Food will be served on the lower level of the dome car. Dinner includes:
Mac and cheese
All Aboard Ohio has a group rate available for booking HERE at the Hampton Inn & Suites-Cincinnati Uptown, 3024 Vine Street. If you would like a tour of the Cincinnati Streetcar construction progress on Sunday morning Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. hosted by Cincinnatians For Progress, please RSVP to Derek Bauman at (513) 262-0345 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is for the streetcar tour only!
All Aboard Ohio members will be the first customers of the Cincinnati Dinner Train to ride in the Moonlight Dome. Here is the car’s heritage:
The Moonlight Dome was part of a C&O stillborn train called the “Chessie” which was to run between Cincinnati and New York. This new train was conceived in 1946 with the cars being built by the Budd company in 1948. By 1949 plans within the C&O had changed and the “Chessie” train concept was abandoned. There had been six “stradodomes” built for the C&O, three end of train observation dome coaches and three mid train dome sleepers. These domes were specially built so as to be able to go into Washington D.C. through the tunnel. They were several inches lower than the standard vista domes used by Northern Pacific and other rail lines.
The three mid-train dome sleepers were sold to the B&O in 1949 and re-named the “Moonlight Dome”, “Starlight Dome” and “Sunlight Dome”. Each had three staterooms, one crew bedroom under the dome and five roomettes in the A end of the car. Moonlight Dome served on the Lakeshore Limited and the Shenandoah line throughout its career. Once in private hands, the crew lounge/work area under the dome was converted to a kitchen and the five roomettes were removed so as to allow for a lower lounge.
Moonlight Dome is the only Amtrak-compliant stratodome on the rails. A few of the other stradodomes are still in existence but in need of total overhaul. After being sold by Amtrak in the early 1980s, Moonlight Dome has been through four owners. In January 2014, Brian Collins and Harry Davis, who also own the private car Birch Grove, purchased Moonlight Dome. Extensive underbody work to the trucks was done in July of 2014 and massive interior improvements are planned throughout 2014 and 2015.