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David Thorn

GCR 255 The Chief

GCR 255 "The Chief" backs in to Williams station on 27 Aug 2007. This stainless steel Observation Platform Lounge Car was built in 1947 for use on the Atlantic Coast Line. The car serviced the route between New York City and Miami. It was purchased in 1971 and used to service the same route until it was retired in the early 1980s. The car was moved to San Antonio, Texas where it was refurbished and put into service for the Texas Southern Dinner Train from 1989 to 1991. The car was damaged by a rear-end collision and an observation platform was added to the rear of the car to hide the collision damage. Grand Canyon Railway acquired the car in 2002. Source: www.thetrain.com/learnmore/fleet/
amzing history on that car...sized by the Mex gvt, then lost and found in New Orleans...(on its trip back to San Antonio) How do you "lose" a rail car that big ?...then rear ended on the way home...what a great story!

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