Austin tourist line restores Santa Fe Budd car

Trains Industry Newsletter
Get a weekly roundup of the industry news you need.
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. View our privacy policy.
CEDAR PARK, Texas — A newly restored, 72-year-old concession car, Cedar Park, will make its debut in the Austin Steam Train Association's fleet this June.

Santa Fe No. 3163 was built by Budd Co., in 1946 as part of the streamlined San Diegan between Los Angeles and San Diego. The Austin tourist railroad purchased the car in 2013, renamed it the Cedar Park, and began restoring it to Santa Fe interior specifications in 2015. When put into service, it will be used as a concessions car, with food and souvenirs available for purchase and space for passengers to sit and watch the Texas Hill Country scenery.

"[The Cedar Park] is one more success in the many restoration projects ASTA has undertaken in its 26 years of excursion service," says Ben Sargent, chairman of the board of directors, “We're very grateful to the contributors who made it possible.”

The car will replace 1920s-era Pennsylvania Railroad coach, Lake Austin, which lacked climate control.

Restoration cost some $350,000. Grants totaling more than $100,000 from several Austin-area community foundations, as well as additional corporate and private donations and volunteer labor helped to fund the work.
Leave a Comment
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. Trains staffers reserve the right to edit or delete any comments.
Winter on the Rails

Winter on the Rails

Railroading to the arctic.


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy
Subscribe Up To 54% off the newsstand price!
Subscribe To Trains Mag Today