Passengers in First Class enjoy their ride in the “Silver Club” dome-lounge car, built in 1948 for a famous train called “The California Zephyr.” Today on The Duluth Zephyr, you can get a taste of this golden age of travel, as you enjoy a relaxing ride in the unique vantage point of the dome.
A car attendant brings complimentary beverages and snacks throughout the ride, including a full selection of beer and wine. Meanwhile, a modern speaker system narrates the tour throughout the trip.
Your First Class Duluth Zephyr ticket is for exclusive use of the entire Silver Club Dome Car. It includes your seat in the vista dome, which seats 24 people, and that is why only 24 tickets are sold for each trip. If you wish to expand your private railcar experience, you can also enjoy one of three unique comfy lounge areas on the lower level of the car. Also downstairs you’ll find two restrooms with hot/cold running water, a galley, and two roomettes (used as storage areas). Your personal service from our car attendant follows you wherever you choose to sit and enjoy your ride. All First Class passengers have access to the rest of the train and going on an exploratory walk is encouraged.
First Class Dome Car Seats are $39.00 per person, and are available on almost every excursion for The Duluth Zephyr, which operates daily in the summer and fall. To view the train schedule simply click here, or purchase tickets below.
Families with children are welcome in First Class. Due to the limited space, all passengers, including babies, are required to purchase a ticket for first class (ages 2 and under are free in coach). We request youngsters be made mindful of the First Class expectations of other passengers and behave accordingly at the direction of their parents for the comfort and enjoyment of everyone. Children are to be supervised at all times during the ride.
The Duluth Zephyr excursion operates from the Depot in Downtown Duluth, and travels through Canal Park, along the lakeshore, through Congdon Park, reaching about six miles to the edge of Duluth. There, the train stops while the locomotive does a “runaround” and the train returns to the Duluth Depot.
The “Silver Club” dome car is also a part of the Elegant Dinner and Murder Mystery Trains. Guests here have access to the lounge in addition to the dining car, and the dome-lounge serves as an extension to dinner train service.
In addition, the Silver Club Dome is available for private charter. It is not uncommon for larger groups to “buy out” the entire first-class excursion ride at a discount rate. For more information call 218-733-7594 for private charter information.
History of the Silver Club Dome Car:
Originally built in 1948 by the Budd Company for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad’s “California Zephyr,” Car #250 was named the Silver Club. It was originally a dome-lounge-dormitory. One of the current lounges was once a bunk-bead area for the crew.
The car later made its way to Amtrak and eventually then private ownership. After a major renovation project which ran from 2012-2016, the car now operates daily on the North Shore Scenic Railroad.
One of the unique places on the original Silver Club was the Cable Car Room themed after San Francisco’s famous cable cars. Imagine this room today as a tribute to Duluth’s Incline Railway, replacing one “City by the Bay” with another, looking down Duluth’s hillside vista to the Areal Lift Bridge and Lake Superior beyond.