Holland America Westours 1051 "Knik"
Notes: Named "Knik". When Holland America turned to Colorado Railcar to augment its fleet of vintage Budd and ex-Milwaukee Road vintage full domes, the result was something quite different from the other ultradomes built thus far. The initial order, HALX 1050-1053, feature sloped dome ends that more closely resemble the Budd products of 50 years earlier, as well as other ammenities. They are divided into two types, A and B. 1051 is a B car, fitted with ADA acessible seating and wheelchair lifts. Both the A and B cars have ADA accessible restrooms and dining facilities. The B cars also feature an eight by eight foot platform, and a small gift area inside the car.
After construction, 1050 and 1051 were placed on display at several locations along the west coast before being shipped to Alaska. They were scheduled to enter service between Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK in May.
Click here to see a complete tour of the 1050 and 1051 that I took while the cars were on display at Seattle's King Street Station.
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