Superliners



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Type Superliner 1 Coach/Baggage
Road Numbers 31000 - 31047
Notes The phase 4 car shows how Amtrak replace the baggage compartment windows with steel sheeting, as a security measure.


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Type Superliner 1 Smoking Coach
Road Numbers 31502 - 31545 (not continuous)
Notes The small baggage compartment in the Baggage Coach became redundant as most Superliner trains began to carry baggage cars. With this in mind, Amtrak converted many of the baggage compartments on these cars to smoker's lounges. Over half of the Baggage/Coaches were converted, and these cars were identified by adding 500 to the car's 31000 series road number.


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Type Superliner 1 Sleeper
Road Numbers 32000 - 32069


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Type Superliner 2 Sleeper
Road Numbers 32070 - 32118
Notes The Superliner 2 cars used GSI drop equalizer trucks. Note that the side is all unpainted stainless steel, with no silver decal.


Type Superliner 2 Deluxe Sleeper
Road Numbers 32500 - 32505
Notes These six cars were built with all deluxe accommodation (usually there's only one deluxe room per car). They were intended to run in the Auto Train, between Washington DC and Florida. They're externally identical to the 32070 class sleepers, depicted above.


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Type Superliner 1 Lounge/Cafe
Road Numbers 33000 - 33024


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Type Superliner 2 Sightseer Lounge
Road Numbers 33025 - 33049
Notes These cars have a different arrangement on the lower level, compared to the type 1 cars. A large buffet, on the left side, replaced the small snack bar. This caused a rearrangement of the windows and doors.


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Type Superliner 1 Auto Train Lounge
Road Numbers 33100 - 33104
Notes Five former dining cars were converted for use as lounge cars, on the Auto Train which runs from Washington DC to Miami FL. This conversion included adding passenger space in the former kitchen area, on the lower level of the car.


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Type Superliner 1 Coach
Road Numbers 34000 - 34101
Notes As with the baggage coach above, the window behind the luggage rack on the lower level, was plated over, to prevent thieves from breaking into the car and stealing luggage.


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Type Superliner 2 Coach
Road Numbers 34102 - 34139



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Superliner 1 Snack/Coach
Road Numbers 35000 - 35010
Notes These cars are externally identical to the 34000 series coaches (see above).

Internally, they have several seats on the lower level removed, and replaced by a snack bar. They are used on trains that don't have Lounge/Cafe or Diner service.


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Type Superliner 1 Diner
Road Numbers 38000 - 38038
Notes The earliest diners still had the two window openings above the doors, but the frames were filled with steel instead of glass. Later cars had no openings in these locations.


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Type Superliner 2 Diner
Road Numbers 38039 - 38068


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Type Superliner 2 Transition Sleeper
Road Numbers 39000 - 39046
Notes These cars have standard level diaphragm at one end, to interface with standard level equipment. They also have dormitory space, for the onboard crew.


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Type Heritage HEP Baggage cars
Road Numbers 1200 - 1249 (left)
1250 - 1272 (right)
Notes These cars were re-built from Santa Fe baggage cars in the 3500, 3650, and 3450 series. Modifications included removal of steam piping, installation of 480 V pass-through cables, and removal of courier facilities from some cars.


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Type Material Handling Car
Road Numbers 1400 - 1479 (left)
1500 - 1559 (right)
Notes In the early '80s, Amtrak began to expand it's express (package freight) business. By 1986, they were running short of baggage cars to carry all this freight. There were no more "heritage" baggage cars available in North America, but building new ones was considered too expensive. A compromise was reached when Amtrak bought 80 Material Handling Cars from Thrall, a leading manufacturer of freight cars. These MHCs resemble modern boxcars, except that they have exceptionally low roofs. Their 13' 6" height matched that of a standard passenger car, but was much shorter than the average boxcar (for example the mid-'50s PS1 measured 15').

The MHCs had other unusual features, like the 5' 10" wheelbase trucks (which came from old Railway Express Agency refrigerator cars), and the side mounted hand brake (normal freight cars had the hand brake on the end, while passenger cars had it mounted inside).

In 1988, Thrall delivered a second order of MHCs. These cars were numbered in the 1500 series, and featured several differences from the 1400 class. Most noticeable was the use of new GSI trucks (due to the lack of more recycled express trucks).


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Type Heritage Baggage Car (Converted Coach)
Road Numbers 1701 - 1740
Notes By the mid '90s, Amtrak was in need of baggage cars again. This time they decided to convert a number of 85-foot Budd coaches to baggage service. These cars were made surplus by the arrival of the Superliner II cars. The interior was cleaned out, all windows plated over, and a roll-up baggage door was cut into the center of the side. Several cars were later dedicated to mail service, and re-numbered into the 1750 series.

The coaches used for the conversion were originally built for four different railroads, between 1950 and 1961. The image represents a car converted from a Santa Fe "chair car" from the 2800 class, built in 1953.


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