Amtrak castoffs wait for next chapter

RELATED TOPICS: AMTRAK | PASSENGER EQUIPMENT
“Heritage cars’ last hurrah” [“Passenger,” Trains March 2019] recounts a visit to Amtrak’s Beech Grove Heavy Maintenance Facility near Indianapolis on Dec.14, 2018, the last scheduled day for prospective buyers to inspect equipment Amtrak says it no longer needs. The 51 baggage cars, 19 heritage diners, and 17 crew dormitory cars (former 10-roomette, six-bedroom sleepers) were lined up in no particular order on 10 storage tracks in back of the shop buildings. They were intermixed with cars offered on previous sales and an assortment of wrecked Superliners and Horizon cars that await a yet-to-be-determined fate.
Bob Johnston

The heritage dining cars attracted the most attention. Here, Ray Getty from Frametown, W.Va., surveys No. 8502, a former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy diner built by the Budd Co. in 1952. The railroad named it Silver Cuisine, and Amtrak kept that moniker for many years.  

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