2019 – Cimarron River (800069)

The Cimarron River (originally Frisco Railway #1466) was built by Pullman Standard in 1948 as a 14 roomette-4 double bedroom sleeper for the Frisco’s streamlined “Meteor” train. Today, the car retains its bedrooms, and for the Autumn Colors Express it offers four beautiful private suites- all with a bathroom included! Each suite holds up to four people, and offers an excellent experience for those who wish to enjoy the fall colors away from the hustle and bustle of a full car of people.

2019 – Pacific Trail (800359)

Built by Pullman Standard in 1950 for the Union Pacific Railroad as a long distance coach the car served in general pool service. Eventually the U. P. sold the car to the Penn Central who used the car on a number of different trains throughout their system. As rail service was taken over by Amtrak the car was used through the 70’s until it was sold at auction in 1981.

Experience a true piece of history as this car takes you back in time to a different era.

Sit back and enjoy as we travel along through the new river gorge and experience the finer delights of rail travel.

2019 – Overland Trail (800633)

Built by Pullman Standard for the Southern Pacific in 1949, the Overland Trail is truly a unique car. Constructed as a Club, Lounge, Barbershop, and Shower car for the Overland Route (Chicago to Oakland) this car has had a long history of service throughout the West Coast.

2019 – Northern Pacific 549 (801045)

Owned by Webb Rail LLC, this beautifully restored Budd short dome will make its excursion debut on the 2019 Autumn Colors Express. Featuring completely redone dome seating, a full lounge downstairs, and fresh Northern Pacific paint on the exterior, this is one of the true crown jewels of the ACE consist!

NP 549, in progress – Photo: John Webb III
Dome exterior – Photo: John Webb III
NP 549, in 1971. The car will wear this paint scheme once again.

2019 – Prairie View (800606)

Prairie View, a full-length dome belonging to our friends at Iowa Pacific Holdings, is a member of the 2019 Dome Class. Featuring luxurious upper-level seating, and unrivaled views, Prairie View will ensure that you see every bit of the New River Gorge in comfort!

The upstairs dome section of an IPH full-length dome

2019 – Summit View (800136)

Summit View is a full-length Dome Class car, owned by Iowa Pacific. Featuring a lovely domed upstairs, and two bathrooms as well as a downstairs seating area, this car will let you see the sights in comfort. One of the last dome cars to be built, this Budd-constructed beauty originally ran on the Santa Fe.

Summit View at Denver Union Station 2019
Summit View at Denver Union Station 2019

2019 – Super Dome #53 (800862)

Truly a one-of-a-kind car, this former Milwaukee full-length dome is part of our Chairman’s Class, paired with the Cedar Rapids on the 2019 Autumn Colors Express. Featuring a full-length dome with a large bar, it also sports a kitchen- which will produce the freshly prepared meals emblematic of this class of service.

The luxurious seating of Super Dome
Superdome, after dark – Photo: Nick Benson/jettip.net

2019 – Cedar Rapids (800040)

Photo: Friends of the 261

Designed by famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens and built by the Milwaukee Road in 1948 in its own Milwaukee Shops for service on the Twin Cities Hiawathas, the Cedar Rapids is one of only four Skytop observation parlor lounges ever built and the only one that still rides the rails today.

With 24 large comfortable, reclining, rotating parlor chairs, which make for the smoothest ride you will ever have. Additional seating for 12 more in the Skytop Solarium, offers a full view of the tracks rolling out from behind, as well as the sky above. This car also retains all its original woodwork, upholstery and wool carpeting throughout.

Photo: Friends of the 261

2019 – Wenonah (800261)

Built by American Car & Foundry in 1947 for the Central of Georgia Railway as segregated coaches (white and black passengers had separate seating sections) No. 541 & 542. These cars were used on the Nancy Hanks II streamliners that operated between Atlanta and Savannah, Ga. They were later renumbered 671 & 672, then sold to the Algoma Central Railway and used on its famous Agawa Canyon Tour Train between Sault Ste. Marie and Agawa Canyon in Ontario as cars No. 442 & 443.

The Friends of the 261 acquired these cars in 1998 and upgraded it them to Amtrak specifications; each containing 52 coach seats.

In 1935 the Milwaukee Road named its streamlined passenger trains Hiawathas after Longfellow’s poem. The Nokomis, named after Hiawatha’s grandmother and the Wenonah, named after the mother of Hiawatha and after the city in southeast Minnesota on the Milwaukee Road main line. While the city spells the name “Winona,” the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used this spelling in his epic poem The Song of Hiawatha in 1855.

Photo: Friends of the 261

2019 – Nokomis (800898)

Built by American Car & Foundry in 1947 for the Central of Georgia Railway as segregated coaches (white and black passengers had separate seating sections) No. 541 & 542. These cars were used on the Nancy Hanks II streamliners that operated between Atlanta and Savannah, Ga. They were later renumbered 671 & 672, then sold to the Algoma Central Railway and used on its famous Agawa Canyon Tour Train between Sault Ste. Marie and Agawa Canyon in Ontario as cars No. 442 & 443.

The Friends of the 261 acquired these cars in 1998 and upgraded it them to Amtrak specifications; each containing 52 coach seats.

In 1935 the Milwaukee Road named its streamlined passenger trains Hiawathas after Longfellow’s poem. The Nokomis, named after Hiawatha’s grandmother and the Wenonah, named after the mother of Hiawatha and after the city in southeast Minnesota on the Milwaukee Road main line. While the city spells the name “Winona,” the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used this spelling in his epic poem The Song of Hiawatha in 1855.

Photo: Friends of the 261