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What does "observation car" mean when it comes to a train?

It is the last car and it has a round end with panoramic windows looking out the back. On the California Zephyr, circa 1962 when my family rode from Chicago, Illinois to Oakland, California there were 4 types of cars, sleepers, vista domes, dining and finally the observation car. And I think there was a baggage car as well, come to think of it. The observation car had a bar. In 1970, I was privledged to ride the Shriner's train from San Jose, California to Reno, Nevada for a weekend gambling trip (my in-laws invited us along). I made great use of the bar in the observation car... I will remember the California Zephyr for as long as I live. I was 15, and I think I stayed awake for the whole 96 hours (4 days, 3 nights) of the trip... We came down the west side of the Rockies at night and the resister banks on top of the locomotives glowed a dull red from all the dynamic braking they had to use.

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Lionel 2432 Clifton Vista Dome Silver RED LETTERED 1955 Vintage NO RESERVE
Lionel 2432 Clifton Vista Dome Silver RED LETTERED 1955 Vintage NO RESERVE
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Lionel No 2442 Clifton Vista Dome Car Silver with Red Stripes Lighted
Lionel No 2442 Clifton Vista Dome Car Silver with Red Stripes Lighted
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LIONEL 2542 BETSY ROSS VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR FROM 1955 CONGRESSIONAL SET
LIONEL 2542 BETSY ROSS VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR FROM 1955 CONGRESSIONAL SET
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LIONEL 15107 AMTRAK FULL VISTA DOME CAR MINT
LIONEL 15107 AMTRAK FULL VISTA DOME CAR MINT
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LIONEL 19105 AMTRAK FULL VISTA DOME CAR MINT
LIONEL 19105 AMTRAK FULL VISTA DOME CAR MINT
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Lionel Postwar 2442 Clifton Vista Dome Car Excellent Original Cond w C7 Box
Lionel Postwar 2442 Clifton Vista Dome Car Excellent Original Cond w C7 Box
$50.00
Lionel 2542 14 15 Betsy Ross Vista Dome Name Strips
Lionel 2542 14 15 Betsy Ross Vista Dome Name Strips
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MTH 20 67216 SP 70 Ribbed Vista Dome Passenger Car 3602
MTH 20 67216 SP 70 Ribbed Vista Dome Passenger Car 3602
$99.95
MTH 20 67226 O 70 Ribbed Full Vista Dome CO
MTH 20 67226 O 70 Ribbed Full Vista Dome CO
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Atlas 3009011 O Unlettered Vista Dome w Conductors Window 2 Rail
Atlas 3009011 O Unlettered Vista Dome w Conductors Window 2 Rail
$129.99
Atlas 3007013 O Cal Zephyr DRGW Vista Dome w Conductors Window 1106 3 Rail
Atlas 3007013 O Cal Zephyr DRGW Vista Dome w Conductors Window 1106 3 Rail
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MTH O gauge 70 Vista dome passenger car ribbed 20 6768 NIB New York Central
MTH O gauge 70 Vista dome passenger car ribbed 20 6768 NIB New York Central
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MTH Amtrak Full Vista Dome Passenger Car nice20 6748
MTH Amtrak Full Vista Dome Passenger Car nice20 6748
$79.95
Lionel 2432 5 Vista Dome Roof Clear Insert
Lionel 2432 5 Vista Dome Roof Clear Insert
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Lionel Lines Aluminum Vista Dome Car 6 19162 39 65
Lionel Lines Aluminum Vista Dome Car 6 19162 39 65
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Lionel New parts Full Vista Dome Extended Roof window s
Lionel New parts Full Vista Dome Extended Roof window s
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Lionel O GAUGE Santa Fe Aluminum Full Vista Dome Car No 6 19128 GREAT CONDITION
Lionel O GAUGE Santa Fe Aluminum Full Vista Dome Car No 6 19128 GREAT CONDITION
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MTH O SCALE PRR LOT OF 3 PASSENGER CARS BAGGAGE VISTA DOME OBSERVATION
MTH O SCALE PRR LOT OF 3 PASSENGER CARS BAGGAGE VISTA DOME OBSERVATION
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Lionel 6 7211 Southern Pacific Daylight Vista Dome Passenger Car O Scale Trains
Lionel 6 7211 Southern Pacific Daylight Vista Dome Passenger Car O Scale Trains
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MTH 20 67268 O Erie 70 Streamlined Full Length Vista Dome Passenger Car Smooth
MTH 20 67268 O Erie 70 Streamlined Full Length Vista Dome Passenger Car Smooth
$99.95
Lionel New parts Full Vista Dome Extended Roof window s
Lionel New parts Full Vista Dome Extended Roof window s
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Rail King by MTH Southern Pacific Daylight Streamlined Vista Dome Car 30 6118
Rail King by MTH Southern Pacific Daylight Streamlined Vista Dome Car 30 6118
$40.00
Lionel 15509 VDI Phantom Vista Dome Insert
Lionel 15509 VDI Phantom Vista Dome Insert
$5.29
Lionel 15509 VDB Phantom Vista Dome Body
Lionel 15509 VDB Phantom Vista Dome Body
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MTH 30 67909 O Santa Fe 60 Streamlined Vista Dome Car
MTH 30 67909 O Santa Fe 60 Streamlined Vista Dome Car
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Lionel Postwar 2432 Clifton Vista Dome Car Original 2432 14 BOX ONLY VG
Lionel Postwar 2432 Clifton Vista Dome Car Original 2432 14 BOX ONLY VG
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Lionel Postwar 2522 Vista Dome Car Original 2522 10 BOX ONLY VG
Lionel Postwar 2522 Vista Dome Car Original 2522 10 BOX ONLY VG
$14.50
Lionel Postwar 2523 Vista Dome Car Original 2523 10 BOX ONLY VG
Lionel Postwar 2523 Vista Dome Car Original 2523 10 BOX ONLY VG
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Lionel EMPTY BOX 2532 Silver Range Vista Dome Passenger Car Box w Liner C 9
Lionel EMPTY BOX 2532 Silver Range Vista Dome Passenger Car Box w Liner C 9
$30.00
MTH Premier O Trains New Haven 70 ABS Vista Dome Passenger Car Ribbed 20 67214
MTH Premier O Trains New Haven 70 ABS Vista Dome Passenger Car Ribbed 20 67214
$88.00
K Line O Golden State illuminated Golden Outlook Vista Dome car 3 rail new
K Line O Golden State illuminated Golden Outlook Vista Dome car 3 rail new
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LIONEL 2404 SANTA FE TUCUMCARI VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR WITH WORKING LIGHTS
LIONEL 2404 SANTA FE TUCUMCARI VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR WITH WORKING LIGHTS
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LIONEL TRAINS 19107 SOUTHER PACIFIC FULL VISTA DOME PASS CAR NIOB SUPER SHARP
LIONEL TRAINS 19107 SOUTHER PACIFIC FULL VISTA DOME PASS CAR NIOB SUPER SHARP
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20 67200 Pittsburgh  Lake Erie 70 ABS Full Length Vista Dome Passenger Car MTH
20 67200 Pittsburgh Lake Erie 70 ABS Full Length Vista Dome Passenger Car MTH
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Lionel O Gauge 2532 Silver Range Vista Dome Passenger Car TS
Lionel O Gauge 2532 Silver Range Vista Dome Passenger Car TS
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LIONEL MODERN 19169 NORTHERN PACIFIC 2570 VISTA DOME CAR 550425
LIONEL MODERN 19169 NORTHERN PACIFIC 2570 VISTA DOME CAR 550425
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LIONEL MODERN O 19103 AMTRAK VISTA DOME CAR 550389
LIONEL MODERN O 19103 AMTRAK VISTA DOME CAR 550389
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LIONEL MODERN O 19170 NORTHERN PACIFIC 2571 VISTA DOME CAR 550426
LIONEL MODERN O 19170 NORTHERN PACIFIC 2571 VISTA DOME CAR 550426
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LIONEL MODERN 19167 NORTHERN PACIFIC 2571 VISTA DOME CAR 550424
LIONEL MODERN 19167 NORTHERN PACIFIC 2571 VISTA DOME CAR 550424
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LIONEL MODERN O 19182 GN PRAIRIE VIEW 1395 VISTA DOME WITH FIGURES 550445
LIONEL MODERN O 19182 GN PRAIRIE VIEW 1395 VISTA DOME WITH FIGURES 550445
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