Holland America Westours 1053 "Kobuk"
Notes: Named "Kobuk". 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. 1052 is an A car, fitted with ADA acessible seating and wheelchair lifts. Both the A and B cars have ADA accessible restrooms and dining facilities. The A cars also feature a nine by ten foot platform, and a small lounge and gift area inside the car.
After construction, 1052 and 1053 were shipped by freight train to Seattle, then moved by ferry to Alaska. They were scheduled to enter service between Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK in May, 2003.
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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