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|| Baggage car 1161, with fluted sides
and roof (Budd?). Seen in Phase IVb paint on
8/09/2007 on train No. 5 in Byers Canyon. The
Phase IVb lettering scheme can make it difficult to
read the numbers...
|| Fuzzy image of baggage No. 1213, seen
on No. 6 at Coal Creek, July 1986. Phase III
|| Close-up of the front end of baggage
No. 1221, a fluted car from Budd. On Train No.
4 in Albuquerque, 2/7/2010. The back door to P42 No.
85 is open wide.
|| Baggage 1242, on train No. 5 leaving
Denver on 12/16/2014.
This car was originally built in 1953 by Budd for
the AT&SF as car No. 3523.
| Baggage car 1255, two views, from
Albuquerque on the Southwest Chief, 2/26/2009.
It's a smooth-side car from ACF (built in 1955
for the AT&SF as No. 3664), which makes it 54
years old at time of this photo.
Amtrak 1257, a typical smooth-side baggage car in
long-haul service. At Big 10 curve on
12/6/2008, it is extremely dirty with streaks of
grime running down the car.
It was built by ACF in 1955 for the AT&SF as
|| Baggage car of the 1700 series.
These cars were converted from Budd coaches-- note
the vestibule-style end door. Phase IV
stripes. (seen from a tour bus in
Another of these cars appears in my photo here,
seen on train No. 6 in August 2001.
|| Baggage No. 1714. It's on No. 4
at Grants, NM on 8/29/2015. See above for
(This is also chronologically the last photo I took
of a heritage baggage car.)
||Baggage car 1757, seen at Gallup, NM
Originally built in 1961 by Budd for UP as
leg-rest coach No. 5522 .
Roadrailer semi trailer, running on the tail end
of No. 6 at Glenwood Springs in 2002. In
front of the trailer is a string of
material-handling cars, whose placement at the end
of the train suggests that these cars are not
fitted out for HEP, prohibiting their use ahead of
the passenger cars.
|Well, it was bound
to happen. Amtrak's fleet of baggage cars
finally began wearing out. In 2014 it
placed an order for over new baggages, built to
Viewliner II specifications. They're designed for
use system-wide, including all of the western
long-haul routes. These have an interesting
cross-section when compared to heritage fleet cars,
with the upper half of the sides tapering slightly
towards the roof.
The first cars entered service in late 2014
and have completely replaced the worn-out heritage
baggages as of this writing in 2018.
| Baggage 61010 is spotted
on train 6 in DeBeque Canyon on September 3, 2018.
|Baggage 61066 is on train 5
approaching Fraser, Colorado on 2/18/2018.