AMTRAK'S RAINBOW ERA I

THIS PAGE POSTED 9 AUGUST 2017.

The early years of Amtrak were colorful to say the least with so many cars operating in their former owner's paint while awaiting repainting into AMTK colors.  While not all cars that were used by Amtrak were actually acquired many of them were purchased and went on to serve Amtrak for a number of years.  The listings below are of a variety of railroads' cars which saw use on Amtrak, many prior to being repainted. 

One of the necessities of a new operation was to get cars painted as quickly as possible to put the operation's image out to the public, but in the case of such a large operation as Amtrak there were many, many cars that were being used in their former owner's paint and it couldn't be helped.  It was a necessity.  In addition to the cars that were acquired there was a large number of other cars that were leased from various railroads because of the need to cover car assignments while the cars that were acquired were being repainted, and these cars are some of those included below.  One thing to keep in mind... not all cars that saw use were actually purchased but they none the less left an indellable mark on Amtrak's operations.  Cars are listed below in alphabetical order based on the owner's name. 

In addition to the many cars that saw use on Amtrak in their former owners' appearance while awaiting repainting or return to there owners there was also the Southern Railway, whose sleeper cars were a part of the transcontinental sleeper service, which ran from New Orleans to Los Angeles, as well as cars from both the Piedmont and the Southern Crescent that operated over the North East Corridor to Boston, Ma.  These cars are also included in the listings as is appropriate, as are cars that received patched Amtrak paint when Amtrak took over the Crescent operation in 1977. 

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 Amtrak's Rainbow
  • ATSF Palm Top - ACF corrugated 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF Pine Dale - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (B. COOLIDGE)
  • ATSF Pine Dale - (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF Pine Gem - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF Pine Grove - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF Pine Leaf - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • ATSF Pine Leaf - (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF Pine Mesa - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 502 - PS corrugated dome - lounge. (B. COOLIDGE)
  • ATSF 577 - Budd Hi-level lounge, in ATMK service. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 604 - PS corrugated dining car. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 605 - PS corrugated dining car. (B. COOLIDGE)
  • ATSF 712 - Budd Hi-level coach. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 735 - Budd Hi-level transition coach. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 1372 Picuris - Budd buffet lounge - dorm. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 1372 Picuris - (CENTER FOR RR PHOTOGRAPHY & ART)
  • ATSF 1378 Concho - Budd buffet lounge - dorm. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 1378 Concho - (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 1491 - Budd dining car. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 1491 - (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 1491 - (ex-AMTK 8036, nee-ATSF 1491) Budd dining car. (AMTRAK PHOTO ARCHIVE – WAYBACK MACHINE)
  • ATSF 1491 - (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 1491 - (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 1496 - Budd dining car. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 1569 - PS corrugated lunch counter - diner - dorm. (R. OLSESKI/B. MacGREGOR (OTTO PERRY COLLECTION DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL COLLECTIONS)
  • ATSF 2816 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 2822 - (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 2823 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 2824 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 2826 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 2827 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 2829 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 2830 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (L. IRVIN)
  • ATSF 2836 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 2838 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 2847 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 2849 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 2851 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • ATSF 2854 - Budd 48-seat leg-rest coach. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • ATSF 3516 - Budd baggage - express. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3519 - Budd baggage - express. (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • ATSF 3528 - Budd baggage - express. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3537 - Budd baggage - express. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3546 - Budd baggage - express. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3650 - Budd baggage - messenger. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • ATSF 3650 * - (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3551 - Budd baggage - express. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • ATSF 3654 * - Budd baggage - messenger. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3655 * - Budd baggage - messenger. (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • ATSF 3657 * - Budd baggage - messenger. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3662 * - ACF LW baggage. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3666 * - ACF LW baggage - messenger. (B. COOLIDGE)
  • ATSF 3675 - ACF LW baggage - express. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3681 * - ACF LW baggage - messenger. (AMTRAK PHOTO ARCHIVE — WAYBACK MACHINE)
  • ATSF 3682 * - ACF LW baggage - messenger. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3682 * - (G. STRUM)
  • ATSF 3997 - LW baggage - express. (M. BERNERO)
  • ATSF 3999 - LW baggage - express. (M. ROBBINS)
  • BN 333 Loch Tay - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 371 - (ex-NP) PS LW 8 Dupl Rmt - 6 Rmt - 4 DBR.  This car was not acquired by Amtrak. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 425 - (ex-NP) PS LW baggage - dorm rblt. from mail - dorm. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 430 - (ex-NP, nee-CNW 9301) ACF LW mail - dorm rblt. from baggage - dorm.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (FRIENDS OF THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN RR)
  • BN 430 - (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • BN 430 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 455 - (ex-CB&Q) PS LW diner - lounge rblt. from lunch counter - diner - lounge.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • BN 455 - (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • BN 455 - (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • BN 455 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 461 - (ex-NP) Budd dining car.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (UPPER MIDWEST CYCLING)
  • BN 555 - (ex-NP) Budd dome - coach. (FRIENDS OF THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN RR)
  • BN 555 - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • BN 666 - (ex-NP 232) PS LW baggage - express.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • BN 666 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 668 - (ex-NP 234) PS LW baggage - express.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 676 - (ex-NP 252) StLCCo. LW baggage - express.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 710 - (ex-CB&Q 1202, nee-GN 1202) LW baggage - dorm. (B. MacGREGOR)
  • BN 710 - (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • BN 710 - (WESTERN RAIL IMAGES)
  • BN 710 - (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • BN 710 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 1115 - (ex-GN) LW 60-seat coach.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 1116 - (ex-GN) LW 60-seat coach.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 1154 Lake Michigan - (ex-GN) PS LW dining car.  Re# BN 12. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • BN 1154 Lake Michigan - (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • BN 1250 - (ex-GN 1250 Lake of the Isles) ACF LW dining car.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • BN 1250 - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • BN 1250 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 1250 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 1260 - (ex-GN 1260 Skykomish River) LW 4 Sect - 1 Comp - 7 Dup Rmt - 3 DBR.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • BN 1260 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 1284 - (ex-NP 456) PS LW 36-seat cafeteria car rblt. from diner - lounge.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (BN PHOTO ARCHIVE)
  • BN 1296 - (ex-NP 462) Budd dining car. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • BN 1296 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 1296 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 1296 - (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 3480 - (ex-CB&Q 4709 Silver Castle) Budd "pattern" dome - coach rblt. from coach. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • BN 3480 - (FRIENDS OF THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN RR)
  • BN 5082 - (ex-CB&Q 4733 Silver Spear) Budd 50-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 5085 - (ex-CB&Q 4738 Silver Blanket) Budd 50-seat coach.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 6402 - (ex-NP 529, nee-MKT 1207 Denton) PS corrugated 64-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • BN 6402 - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • BN 6800 - (ex-GN 6800, exx-1147 Red River) LW 68-seat coach rblt. from diner - lunch counter - parlor observation car. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • BN 6800 - (FRIENDS OF THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN RR)
  • BN 6800 - (M. BERNERO)
  • C&O 1632 - PS corrugated 52-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • C&O 1637 - LW 52-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • C&O 1643 - LW 52-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • C&O 1652 - PS corrugated 52-seat coach. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • C&O 1924 - (ex-2506) PS LW dorm - diner - lounge rblt. from 5 DBR - buffet lounge BE observation. (B. COOLIDGE)
  • C&O 1925 - (ex-2503 Allegheny Club) PS LW dorm - diner - lounge rblt. from 5 DBR - buffet lounge BE observation. (O. LEANDER)
  • C&O 1925 - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • C&O 2613 City of Staunton - PS corrugated 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • C&O 2653 City of Holland - PS corrugated 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • CNW 600 - PS gallery coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CNW 701 - PS gallery coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CNW 702 - PS gallery coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CNW 703 - PS gallery coach. (L. IRVIN)
  • CNW 703 - (M. BERNERO)
  • CNW 707 - PS gallery coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CNW 707 - (B. JOHNSON)
  • CB&Q 193 Silver Cafe - Budd dining car. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 194 Silver Diner - Budd dining car. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 201 Silver Chef - Budd dining car. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 236 Silver Veranda - Budd dome - DR - parlor - bar lounge BE observation. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 341 Silver Chair - Budd coach - snack bar rblt. from parlor - DR. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 341 Silver Chair - (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 341 Silver Chair - . (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 365 Silver Terrace - (B. COOLIDGE)
  • CB&Q 365 Silver Terrace - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 365 Silver Terrace - (G. STRUM)
  • CB&Q 365 Silver Terrace - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 366 Silver Tower - Budd dome - DR - parlor BE observation. (RR - FALLING FLAGS)
  • CB&Q 366 Silver Tower - (RR - FALLING FLAGS)
  • CB&Q 376 Silver Penthouse - Budd dome - 3 DBR - 1 DR - lounge RE observation. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 424 Silver Shore - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 425 Silver Butte - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 430 Silver Chasm - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 432 Silver Isle - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 432 Silver Isle - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 433 Silver Meadow - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 434 Silver Plain - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 434 Silver Plain - (T. BRUMBERG)
  • CB&Q 435 Silver Prairie - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 435 Silver Prairie - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 436 Silver Slope - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 436 Silver Slope - (T. BROMBERG)
  • CB&Q 451 Silver Quail - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 451 Silver Quail - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 452 Silver Thrush - Budd 5 Comp - 6 DBR. (B. COOLIDGE)
  • CB&Q 453 Silver Swan - Budd 5 Comp - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 453 Silver Swan - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 458 - Budd slab-side dining car. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 458 - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 458 - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 487 Silver Hollow - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 487 Silver Hollow - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 487 Silver Hollow - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 488Silver Boulder - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • CB&Q 489 Silver Channel - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 489 Silver Channel - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 490 Silver Vale - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 492 Silver Basin - Budd 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 598 - This car not acquired by Amtrak. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 598 - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 599 - PS LW 56-seat coach.  This car not acquired by Amtrak. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 800 Silver Buffet - Budd baggage - bar - lounge. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 800 Silver Buffet - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 907 Olympus - Budd baggage - express. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 907 Olympus - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 907 Olympus - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 907 Olympus - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 1334 - Budd dome - coach, in BSB. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 4715 Silver Cascade - Budd dome - coach. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • CB&Q 4720 Silver Rifle - Budd dome - coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4721 Silver Saddle - Budd dome - coach. (CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR GALLERY)
  • CB&Q 4721 Silver Saddle - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4722 Silver Stirrup - Budd dome - coach. (ZEOLITE C O)
  • CB&Q 4722 Silver Stirrup - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4722 Silver Stirrup - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 4723 Silver Bluff - Budd dome - coach, in AMTK service. (RR - FALLING FLAGS)
  • CB&Q 4724 Silver Glade - Budd dome - coach. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 4727 Silver Stream - Budd dome - coach. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • CB&Q 4727 Silver Stream - (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • CB&Q 4728 Silver Wave - Budd dome - coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4731 Silver Shaft - Budd 50-seat coach. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 4731 Silver Shaft - (M. LAWRENCE)
  • CB&Q 4731 Silver Shaft - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4732 Silver Shield - Budd 50-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4734 Silver Sword - Budd dome - coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4739 Silver Halter - Budd 50-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4740 Silver Cinch - Budd 50-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4741 Silver Rein - Budd 50-seat coach. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4743 Silver Larch - Budd 50-seat coach rblt. from 16 Sect. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4743 Silver Larch - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 4744 Silver Cedar - (ex-402) Budd 50-seat coach rblt. from 16 Sect. (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4744 Silver Cedar - (M. BERNERO)
  • CB&Q 4901 Silver Slumber - Budd Slumbercoach. (THE RAILFAN.NET USERNET ABPR PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • CB&Q 4901 Silver Slumber - (BENGTM)

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