SLRG #304         
Built in 1954 by Budd in Lot #9669-141 to Plan #9535 as CB&Q dome 4RM-4SB-4DB sleeper #304, 1 of 10 such cars built in that Lot, which was ordered in March 1953 for the NORTH COAST LIMITED, cars were delivered between September and December 1954. CB&Q owned 2 (#304-#305), SP&S owned 1 (#306), and NP owned 7 (#307-#313). In July 1957, NP ordered an eleventh "protection car", #314, which was built by Budd in Lot #9669-210 and delivered in December. In 1967, 6 of these cars (#307-#308, #311-#312, #314, and #304) were reconfigured to Lounge in the Sky dome buffet (club) lounge sleepers #375-#380 (Plan #9535A), the #304 was reconfigured to #380 in May. A buffet-bar service area was added with the removal of 2 of the 4 single bedrooms underneath the dome, with tables installed in the dome. This allowed NP to remove the 6 ex-CLUB series sleeper buffet lounge round end observations from the NORTH COAST LIMITED consist. In 1970, the unmodified cars were intended to be renumbered as BN #1440-#1444 and the Lounge in the Sky cars as #1450-#1455, but these numbers were not applied; however some cars were repainted to Cascade Green, but with the NP numbers. In 1971, Amtrak acquired these 11 cars as #9210-#9214 (unmodified cars) and #9220-#9225 (Lounge in the Sky cars), the #380 as #9225. The #9225 was stored and later sold in November 1985 to Ansco, which acquired the #9211 (ex-#306) at the same time, and also acquired from another party the #9212 (ex-#309). The #9211 was refurbished in 1987 as the CALIFORNIA in Rio Grande Aspen Gold & Silver, and the 2 other cars were sold; the #9225 to Dave Varilek, who planned to apply the name SILVER PILLOW to the car. In 2014, Iowa Pacific acquired 5 Budd cars from Varilek, including the #304.
Date: 6/20/2015 Location: Alamosa, CO   Map Show Alamosa on a rail map Views: 465 Collection Of:   Ted Brumberg
Rolling Stock: CBQ 304 (Passenger Car) Author:  Ted Brumberg
SLRG #304
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