Silver Quail

Built by the Budd Company (Lot #9641-112) in 1952 for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), Silver Quail is a 5 compartment-6 double bedroom (5C-6DB) sleeper. Silver Quail features a private bath in each bedroom, a custom stainless-steel shower at the vestibule end, and a compact but well-equipped kitchen with refrigeration, sink and coffee maker. Given the number 451, it was placed in service on the California Zephyr running between Chicago, Il. and Oakland, Ca. The California Zephyr operated over the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Denver & Rio Grande Western and Western Pacific Railroads. The car was ‘owned’ by the CB&Q, though it ran over the three railroads on it’s cross-country route.

          Silver Quail was sold to Amtrak in 1971 and renumbered 2201 as part of their “Heritage” fleet. In 1983, during the “Heritage” fleet upgrades, Silver Quail was converted from steam to head end power (HEP) and renumbered 2220. It was removed from service in 1995 and sold in 1997 to (presumably) Illinois Transit Assembly (ITA). ITA later became Gateway Coach. The car, now owned by Mid America Railcar Leasing (MRLX), was renumbered 800712 and named Belleville. Still wearing MRLX’s Illinois Central inspired paint and the name Belleville, the car runs on Florida-Georgia Steam Heritage Museum’s Georgia Coastal Railway (GCR) as part of their heritage train.