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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 6 6412 AMTRAK Vista Dome Car 1970s Lights
Lionel 6 6412 AMTRAK Vista Dome Car 1970s Lights
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MTH 30 4182b SP Vista Dome Car 2000s Lights
MTH 30 4182b SP Vista Dome Car 2000s Lights
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LIONEL 6 25196 NORTH POLE CENTRAL VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR TRAIN O GAUGE VIXEN
LIONEL 6 25196 NORTH POLE CENTRAL VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR TRAIN O GAUGE VIXEN
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LIONEL N W POWHATAN ARROW ALUMINUM FULL LENGTH VISTA DOME CAR ITEM 6 19108
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LIONEL NORFOLK WESTERN POWHATAN ARROW ALUMINUM VISTA DOME CAR ITEM 6567 NIB
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Lionel 6 29134 MODERN O WESTERN PACIFIC SILVER PALM VISTA DOME
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Lionel 6 16037 Northern Pacific Vista Dome Car LN Box
Lionel 6 16037 Northern Pacific Vista Dome Car LN Box
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Lionel 6 19106 Amtrak Vista Dome Passenger Car 9106
Lionel 6 19106 Amtrak Vista Dome Passenger Car 9106
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O Lionel 19108 Norfolk  Western vista dome car in original box
O Lionel 19108 Norfolk Western vista dome car in original box
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Lot 7 201  0 Gauge  Lionel 6 19107 SP Daylight Full Vista Dome  Nice w box
Lot 7 201 0 Gauge Lionel 6 19107 SP Daylight Full Vista Dome Nice w box
$100.00
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Lot 7 204 0 Gauge Lionel 6 19107 SP Daylight Full Vista Dome Nice w box
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Lionel O Scale Amtrak Vista Dome Car In Box 6 19103 Nice
Lionel O Scale Amtrak Vista Dome Car In Box 6 19103 Nice
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Lot 7 212  0 Gauge  Lionel 6 52220  TCA Aluminum Vista Dome 2001  Nice w box
Lot 7 212 0 Gauge Lionel 6 52220 TCA Aluminum Vista Dome 2001 Nice w box
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MTH 20 6768 New York Central 70 ABS Full Length Vista Dome Passenger car Silv
MTH 20 6768 New York Central 70 ABS Full Length Vista Dome Passenger car Silv
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LIONEL 16099  AMTRAK VISTA DOME
LIONEL 16099 AMTRAK VISTA DOME
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LIONEL No 2532 SILVER RANGE Vista Dome with OB and Re cut Liner VG Condition
LIONEL No 2532 SILVER RANGE Vista Dome with OB and Re cut Liner VG Condition
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LIONEL NEW YORK CENTRAL VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR  NEW
LIONEL NEW YORK CENTRAL VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR NEW
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LIONEL  9770 NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY BOXCAR ROUTE OF THE VISTA DOME
LIONEL 9770 NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY BOXCAR ROUTE OF THE VISTA DOME
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LIONEL 6 19105 Amtrak Full Vista Dome Car Illuminated O Gauge
LIONEL 6 19105 Amtrak Full Vista Dome Car Illuminated O Gauge
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Lionel 6 19105 Amtrak Full Vista Dome Car O Scale OB
Lionel 6 19105 Amtrak Full Vista Dome Car O Scale OB
$62.00
Lionel 6 19103 Amtrak Vista Dome Car O Scale OB
Lionel 6 19103 Amtrak Vista Dome Car O Scale OB
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Lionel 2432 5 Vista Dome Roof Clear Insert
Lionel 2432 5 Vista Dome Roof Clear Insert
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LIONEL POSTWAR 2542 BETSY ROSS CONGESSIONAL VISTA DOME CAR EXC wREPRODUCTION BOX
LIONEL POSTWAR 2542 BETSY ROSS CONGESSIONAL VISTA DOME CAR EXC wREPRODUCTION BOX
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LIONEL 6 16099 AMTRAK VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR 11 LNIB LOT  12639
LIONEL 6 16099 AMTRAK VISTA DOME PASSENGER CAR 11 LNIB LOT 12639
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Lionel O Gauge Northern Pacific Pullman Vista dome coach car  19170 New in box
Lionel O Gauge Northern Pacific Pullman Vista dome coach car 19170 New in box
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Lionel O Gauge Full Vista dome passenger car NIB  19107 Southern Pacific
Lionel O Gauge Full Vista dome passenger car NIB 19107 Southern Pacific
$80.00
Lionel O Gauge Northern Pacific Pullman Vista dome coach car  19168 New in box
Lionel O Gauge Northern Pacific Pullman Vista dome coach car 19168 New in box
$99.00
Lionel O Gauge Northern Pacific Pullman Vista dome coach car  19169 New in box
Lionel O Gauge Northern Pacific Pullman Vista dome coach car 19169 New in box
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Lionel O Gauge Northern Pacific Pullman Vista dome Diner car  19169 New in box
Lionel O Gauge Northern Pacific Pullman Vista dome Diner car 19169 New in box
$99.00
Lionel 6 19170 Northern Pacific Full Vista Dome Coach LN Box
Lionel 6 19170 Northern Pacific Full Vista Dome Coach LN Box
$54.00
Lionel 6 19169 Northern Pacific Full Vista Dome Diner Car LN Box
Lionel 6 19169 Northern Pacific Full Vista Dome Diner Car LN Box
$45.00
Lionel 6 19167 Northern Pacific Full Vista Dome Coach 2571 LN Box
Lionel 6 19167 Northern Pacific Full Vista Dome Coach 2571 LN Box
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LIONEL POST WAR ALUMINUM VISTA DOME FLUTED NO STRIPES INSERTS W9
LIONEL POST WAR ALUMINUM VISTA DOME FLUTED NO STRIPES INSERTS W9
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Lionel 6 19107 Southern Pacific Daylight Vista Dome 1990 MIB C 10 Uncataloged
Lionel 6 19107 Southern Pacific Daylight Vista Dome 1990 MIB C 10 Uncataloged
$55.00
Lionel 2 Tracks  New York Central Vista Dome Car Passenger 6 16019 O Gauge
Lionel 2 Tracks New York Central Vista Dome Car Passenger 6 16019 O Gauge
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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
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LIONEL POSTWAR 2532 SILVER RANGE VISTA DOME PASSENGER CARFREE SHIPPING
LIONEL POSTWAR 2532 SILVER RANGE VISTA DOME PASSENGER CARFREE SHIPPING
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LIONEL POSTWAR 2532 SILVER RANGE VISTA DOME PASSENGER CARWORKSFREE SHIPPING
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MTH 30 67976 PENNSYLVANIA FULL LENGTH VISTA DOME STRML RAILKING O GAUGE 3 RAIL
MTH 30 67976 PENNSYLVANIA FULL LENGTH VISTA DOME STRML RAILKING O GAUGE 3 RAIL
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MTH 30 67968 NORFOLK WESTERN FULL LEN VISTA DOME STRML RAILKING O GAUGE 3 RAIL
MTH 30 67968 NORFOLK WESTERN FULL LEN VISTA DOME STRML RAILKING O GAUGE 3 RAIL
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