RAILROADS: Dream Clouds

General Motors Corp. rolled out a sleek, newfangled diesel train this week that will make rail traveling almost as comfortable as staying at home—and far more glamorous. The most eye-catching changes in the cars are second-story "astra domes" in which travelers can dine and get a hedgehopping bird's-eye view of the scenery.

The train's four cars ("Dream Cloud," "Moon Glow," "Stardust," "Skyview") also have inter-car and "train-to-anywhere" phone systems, loudspeaker systems, and "Sleepy Hollow" chairs, adjustable to nine positions. The chairs have individual fluorescent lights, radio receivers and built-in ashtrays. In...

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