At its founding in 1971, Amtrak took over a variety of types of express train passenger cars from the predecessor railroads so that many trains were assembled from all kinds of cars. Naturally, an attempt was made at least with the great express trains to reach a relatively unified look in which mostly the same types of cars were used. However, even with an externally uniform look all kinds of car types were assigned in such a train – starting with standard coaches to baggage cars as well as a dining car, there was one or several vista dome cars – and finally at the end of the train the observation car with its observation salon. Even if the great luxury of the predecessor trains was already history, a part of it lived on with these cars – at least in the long distance trains.
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