Built in Jan 1955 by American Car and Foundry for the Union Pacific Railroad as car 7007 initially assigned to the Union Pacific City of Portland service, the Southern Hospitality has a long and storied history, changing hands multiple times before ending up in the care of the Saint Louis Union Station in Saint Louis, MO.
This car will add even more luxury to the Autumn Colors Express, whether you ride in the dome or the lower level lounge.
Car History of the Southern Hospitality
Built as UP 7007, the car was sold to Auto Train and numbered as its 705 in June 1972. After its tenure on Auto Train, it was sold into private ownership, eventually being renamed and re-homed in St. Louis. Railexco is proud to present this beautiful car as a part of the 2021 Dome Class.
Silver Palace was built for the Western Pacific Railroad in 1948 as a 46 seat coach, with an additional 24 seats in the dome, for the famed California Zephyr. The car plied the scenic route between Chicago and Oakland, CA, for over two decades, until the train was discontinued in March 1970. As WP had no need for the car after the train was eliminated, the car migrated East and joined the fleet of the new, private Auto-Train Corporation, operating initially between northern Virginia and Florida and later, between Louisville, KY, and Florida.
After the demise of the original Auto-Train, the car was sold into private ownership and passed through several owners. The car was extensive remodeled as a lounge car for country western singer Merle Haggard but was then sold once again and its final assignment was on the Algoma Central Railway in Canada, toting passenger to and from the scenic Agawa Canyon north of Sault Ste. Marie. The car was acquired by the Friends in December 2017 and it has been under restoration since its arrival at Minneapolis Junction. Silver Palace will continue its role as a first class lounge car with the dome seat sold exclusively as “Dome Class”.
Owned by Webb Rail LLC, this beautifully restored Budd short dome that made 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!