ACOMA in Los Angeles Station, Track 11, awaiting her ride behind Amtrak Surfliner 572
to San Diego, CA.
Departure time 11:10 a.m. arrival in San Diego at 1:55 p.m. December 29, 2012
A light rain was falling as the bi-level Surfliner
connected to the ACOMA for her inaugural run.
The brackets you see on top are old radio antenna brackets,
perhaps a length of copper tube would lay in the brackets.
Restoration of over a decade included complete strengthening of the undercarriage including new trucks.
Original "Santa Fe" lettering above the windows appears as shadow lettering nowadays.
Lon H. Orlenko, General Manager of MONAD Railway Equipment, 15220
Valley View Ave., La Mirada, CA, who restored the car, was on the
ride to assure all went well.
A Christmas tree was at the Alameda entrance inside Los Angeles Union Passenger Station.
The original high-vaulted ticket counter area is used for Train Day Activities, and TV and movie filming.
The original marble flooring represents an American Indian rug design.
LA Station is used more today than in its heyday of railroading.
The ACOMA at the Santa Fe Station in San Diego, California.
The ACOMA in San Diego Station about 2 pm at arrival.
We were brought from Los Angeles to San Diego behind this Genesis, on Amtrak Surfliner 572,
In San Diego, it was cool and dry after light rain showers most of the way down.
With public platforms on both sides of the ACOMA in San Diego,
and plenty of night lighting around the Santa Fe Station, photo opportunities abound.
The Barber Shop end of the ACOMA
We trailed the push locomotive 465 on our way north from San Diego to Los Angeles behind Amtrak Surfliner
On our way down, during daylight, we had trailed the cab car with the ACOMA's vestibule
the last part of the train. This makeup provided an excellent opportunity for photos and vestibule viewing.
ACOMA Inaugural Run Interior Shots
Upon entering the ACOMA you are transformed back to 1937 when the car first traveled on the Super Chief.
The owners have authentically restored the car.
En route to San Diego there is plenty of time to inspect the amenities, meet fellow railfans, and enjoy breakfast onboard.
The 70' 10" of the Acoma is considered a "shorty" by today's standards. Bill Hatrick's Overland Trail
is standard length at 85'.
Restoration included Southwest fabrics as close to original as possible,
or in the case of the ACOMA chair cover, recreated from photos.
The ashtray had a Santa Fe logo on the base.
The Cocktail Lounge seating is just like the original diagram
Curtains are similar to the original as well.
era-authentic microphone is part of Bill Hatrick's sound system
used for announcements in the car.