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Northern Pacific - The Observatory .
North Evans, NY
September 19th, 2014
AAPRCO Pine Tree Limited
   Amtrak 040
Northern Pacific
Digital Photo
Canon EOS 60D
Tamron (Canon) 18-200mm
f3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens
f5.0 @ 1/800th sec
ISO 250
The Budd Company

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Northern Pacific Railway
Amtrak 9406
Amtrak 9485
NP 558 - The Observatory  
Cincinatti Railway Company


Built by Budd in 1954 as a Dome-Coach for the Northern Pacific Railway (wears reporting marks for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railway) and numbered 558. The car was used on the Chicago-Seattle "North Coast Limited". Conveyed to Amtrak in 1971 and renumbered 9485. Converted to Head-End Power from Steam Heat in June 1983 and renumbered 9406. Amtrak placed the car up for sale in April 1995. Rail Adventures Inc. acquired the car in 1995 and made mechanical upgrades in 1996. The galley, lounge and a master bedroom were completed during 1998. 2 deluxe bedrooms and a porter's room were added in 2000. The car has a master bedroom with queen-sized bed, 2 deluxe bedrooms with full-size double beds, two showers, a porter's room, kitchen for full meal service and a washer and dryer. In addition, the lounge has a queen-sized sleep sofa for additional guests or family members. Historical Information about this car provided by AAPRCO and