The Great Dome Car on Amtrak's Adirondack line

amtrak adirondack

If you don't catch this train soon, it'll be gone.

By Michael Allen Potter

Not that anyone ever really needs an excuse to go to Montréal, but here are two additional reasons to think about hopping a train north this fall.

amtrak adirondack logoThe view

The first is the addition of The Great Dome Car to Amtrak's Adirondack line until November 10 northbound from Albany on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Mondays and southbound from Montréal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays. Despite its lackluster name, the dome car is really quite a trip. The upper observation level has curved windows that allow passengers to watch Canada geese maneuver in formation across the sky and catch glimpses of lives lived in towns and villages along Lake Champlain and on into southern Quebéc. (Literally, you're seated somewhere between the first and second floors of most of the houses that you pass.)

Down below, there are a handful of booths, but the windows are currently plastered over with Amtrak graphics advertising the beauty of this very trip. This isn't all bad, however, as it was a great place to get some work done on my way back from a great (Canadian) Thanksgiving (it was on Monday, October 12). The lower level also has an eerie ghost-ship quality to it with its gleaming (yet abandoned) stainless-steel café and bar swaying from side-to-side along the route that can definitely conjure images of nights filled with jazz and precariously-full martinis after the car made its debut in 1955.

The discount

But wait! There's more! Amtrak is currently running an "I Love New York" promotion that gives travelers who book at least three days in advance twenty percent off all fares throughout New York State (including the St. Lambert and Montréal stations in Canada) on the Adirondack, Empire Service (to Niagara Falls), Ethan Allen Express (to Rutland), Lake Shore Limited (to Chicago), and Maple Leaf (to Toronto) lines through November 20.

Crossing the St. Lawrence on the Pont Victoria into Montréal is worth the price of admission alone on this route, but don't just take my word for it: National Geographic Traveler Magazine rated the Adirondack one of the top ten best rail journeys in the world back in 2000.

Michael Allen Potter is a native Albanian recently returned from The West who writes about trains, travel, coffee, and books at I, Cartographer


I am a huge proponent of rail usage/mass transit. I love Montreal. I would never take this trainride.

It costs approx. $53 per person roundtrip for an approx. 8 HOUR train ride. Sorry. I can drive there in 4 hours and spend $60 on gas. Amtrak needs to get its head out of its ass.

Whenever you book Amtrak, google "amtrak code." They are almost always running a 50% off the second passenger sale.


The Most Scenic Rail Line in the Country is the Adirondack! You miss some great scenery when you drive you dingdong!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Kitchen 216

The newest restaurant on Lark Street: Kitchen 216. The modern soul food spot is currently in a soft-open phase. It's grand opening is set for... (more)

Albany History Lost and Found

This looks interesting and fun: A bunch of local history nerds are getting together at the University Club in Albany May 4 to talk about... (more)

Today's moment of spring

(whispering) Wake up... it's time to wake up...... (more)

Thinking about the future of Washington Ave

Could there be a safer, friendlier, better version of upper Washington Ave in Albany? That was the question at the heart of the the public... (more)

Capital Region Grown-Up Egg Hunt 2018

The Capital Region Grown-Up Egg Hunt returns April 8, and this year the hunt will be at Collins Park in Scotia. The event is pretty... (more)

Recent Comments

Several family members and I have been treated well by Dr. James Puleo Jr.. He's brilliant, personable, and takes the time to figure out what's going on.

Thinking about the future of Washington Ave

...has 8 comments, most recently from Lu

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 5 comments, most recently from RJ

Kitchen 216

...has 1 comment, most recently from chrisck

New life for buildings in Schenectady's Eastern Ave neighborhood -- and aspirations to lift the whole neighborhood

...has 9 comments, most recently from Michelle

Albany History Lost and Found

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tess