Union Pacific #5489
Built March 1960 by the St. Louis Car Company for the Union Pacific Railroad as a 44-seat coach and numbered 5489. The car was leased to Amtrak upon is creation in 1971. In 1972, the car was sold to Amtrak becoming part of their “Heritage” fleet and renumbered 4554. As part of the “Heritage” fleet upgrades, the car was converted from steam to head end power (HEP) in September 1979 and renumbered 4618. In January 1995 it was stored by Amtrak and eventually removed from their roster in 2001.
Acquired by Mid America Railcar Leasing (MRLX), the car was refurbished, named Bryce Canyon, and renumbered 800880. It worked in excursion train service all over the United States wearing several different paint jobs over the ensuing years. It ended up in Iowa Pacific’s Illinois Central inspired paint scheme which it retains today. In 2019 while serving on the Orlando & Northwestern Railway, the car was renamed Golden Triangle.
Still wearing the Golden Triangle name, the car currently runs on Florida-Georgia Steam Heritage Museum’s Georgia Coastal Railway (GCR) as part of their heritage train.