These cars will be on display on the sidings at the Fullerton Santa Fe Depot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4, 5, and 6, 2003 from 10am-2pm, 3pm-5pm, and 7pm-9pm. Click here for other dates and places where you can see these cars.
Holland America's press release about these cars is available at: www.hollandamerica.com/aboutus/news/press/3alas012.htm
Holland America's main web site is located at: www.hollandamerica.com
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Current Schedule of Moves & Displays: (subject to change):
Cars HALX 1050-1051 Apr. 4-5-6 on display Fullerton 10a-2p, 3p-5p, 7p-9p Apr. 6 23:00 dp. Fullerton Amtrak special train 23.45 ar. Los Angeles coach yard Apr. 7 10:30 dp. Los Angeles coach yard, Amtrak special train 10:40 ar. Glendale 10:45 dp. Glendale 11:45 ps. Moorpark 13:00 ar. Santa Barbara park on Amtrak storage track east of depot Apr. 8-9 on display Santa Barbara 10a-2p, 3p-5p, 7p-9p Apr. 10 14:15 dp. Santa Barbara Amtrak special train 17:00 ps. San Luis Obispo crew change 20:00 ps. Salinas Apr. 11 00:30 ar. San Jose Apr. 12 on display Santa Clara on main track at Caltrain depot 10a-2p, 3p-5p, 7p-9p Apr. 13 on display Santa Clara 10a-2p, 3p-6p 20:32 dp. San Jose on Amtrak #14 Apr. 14 Ar. Portland on Amtrak #14 Apr. 15 on display Portland Union Station 10a-2p, 3p-5p, 7p-9p Apr. 16 on display Portland Union Station 10a-2p Apr. 17 dp. Portland on Amtrak #14 ar. Seattle on Amtrak #14 Apr. 18-20 on display at King St. Station 10a-2p, 3p-5p, 7p-9p Apr. 23 dp. Seattle on barge to Alaska Cars HALX 1052-1053 Apr. 8 dp. Denver on Amtrak #5 Apr. 9 ar. Emeryville on Amtrak #5 Apr. 10 dp. Oakland on Amtrak #14 Apr. 11 ar. Seattle on Amtrak #14 Apr. 12-13 on display at King St. Station for Holland America employees only. Not open to public. Apr. 16 dp. Seattle on barge to Alaska
Updated schedule provided courtesy of Bill Farmer.
RAILCAR SPECIFICATIONS (PER CAR):
INTERIOR DESIGN ELEMENTS:
NEW McKINLEY EXPLORER RAILCAR EXCLUSIVES:
Holland America Line Inc. is adding four completely new bi-level dome dining-lounge cars to its current Fairbanks-Anchorage rail service on the Alaska Railroad's passenger trains. These cars have been built to a new design by Tom Rader's Colorado Railcar Manufacturing Co. at Fort Lupton, Colorado, just north of Denver. At 18 ft 2 inches tall, and 89 feet long (4 feet longer and two feet taller than most Amtrak Superliner and other passenger cars), these new domes are being billed by Holland America as the world's largest passenger cars.
Holland America's press release about these cars is available at: http://www.hollandamerica.com/aboutus/news/press/3alas012.htm
The first two cars, numbered and named HALX 1050 "Kenai" and HALX 1051 "Knik," left the Fort Lupton plant March 13 on UP's local freight train to Denver Union Station where they went on display to travel professionals and the public March 14 -15. These two cars departed Denver on BNSF freight train H-DENBAR-1-21 at 428am Saturday Mar22, and arrived Albuquerque NM just 24 hours later at 430am Mar23. They were expected to leave Albuquerque at 13:00 Mar23 on the same train, and arrive Barstow Tuesday morning Mar25, connecting into Los Angeles 8th Street coach yard by Thursday morning Mar27.
These two cars (HALX 1050 and 1051) are scheduled to go on display to travel professionals and the public at the following confirmed locations:
LOS ANGELES - Union Station Garden Tracks - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Mar28-29-30.
SAN DIEGO - SD&IV RR Yard track 9, (South of 8th Street just east of Harbor Drive). - Wed Apr02.
FULLERTON CA - Transportation Center/Amtrak Station private car tracks - Fri-Sat-Sun Apr04-05-06.
Public display hours at each venue are typically 1000am - 200pm and 300pm-500pm. Travel Professional display hours are typically 700pm - 900pm. Movements between displays will be either BNSF freight trains or Amtrak special passenger trains.
As these two cars work their way north toward a scheduled April 23 Alaska Railroad barge sailing from Seattle to Whittier, Alaska, where they begin service May 16, they are tentatively scheduled for additional public display. Click here to view the current schedule.
The second two cars, HALX 1052 "Chena" and 1053 "Kobuk" are now scheduled to leave the Colorado Railcar plant about April 2 enroute to Seattle for an April 16 Alaska barge sailing. Movement may be either on Amtrak passenger or BNSF freight trains.
HALX 1050 and 1052 are described as "a-type" cars with a full-service kitchen to serve two cars, and 1051 and 1053 are "b-type" cars with a lower-level open-air observation platform instead of a kitchen.
These new cars will replace four of the ex-ATSF full-domes built in 1954 and rebuilt by Holland America in the late 1980's for Alaska Service. Holland America has several recently-rebuilt ex-ATSF and ex-MILW full dome cars for sale in Alaska.
Information provided courtesy of Bill Farmer.