Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Amtrak Talgo Pendular 200 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

Amtrak Talgo Pendular 200 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, this Spanish-built Amtrak Talgo Pendular 200 Demonstrator trainset was used between Portland and Seattle. It was the prototype of the Cascades trainsets that would eventually go into service.

Willamette & Pacific Woodchip Car #74003 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

Willamette & Pacific Woodchip Car #74003 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, Willamette & Pacific Railroad #74003 is a woodchip gondola that wears a special paint scheme for D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It was originally built in 1974 for the Southern Pacific Railroad as #355220.

DLMX Nickel Plate Road RSD-5 #324 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

DLMX Nickel Plat Road RSD-5 #324 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, this Alco RSD-5 was built in November 1955 as Utah Railway #306. It was retired in May, 1982. It was sold to Industrial Salvage & Metals of Salt Lake City in November 1983 and was traded to the Promontory Chapter of the NRHS in January 1984. Doyle McCormack purchased it in October 1993 and painted it as Nickel Plate Road #324, though it actually carries the DLMX reporting mark. Nickel Plate didn't actually have any RSD-5s, but they did have the similar 4-axle RS-3s. The number 324 was an unused number on the Nickel Plate roster, between the road's Baldwin AS-16s and Alco RSD-12s.

BKSX Dome Coach #9410 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

BKSX Dome Coach #9410 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, BKSX Dome Coach #9410 was built by the Budd Company in 1955 as Great Northern #1331 for the Empire Builder. It was assigned Burlington Northern #4611, but never received it before becoming Amtrak #9471. It was renumbered #9410 in January 1984 when it was converted to Head-End Power. It was retired in 1995 and sold to become a RailVentures/Montana Daylight car.

BKSX Dome Coach #9407 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

BKSX Dome Coach #9407 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, BKSX Dome Coach #9407 was built by the Budd Company in July 1954 as Northern Pacific #550 for the Vista Dome North Coast Limited. It was assigned Burlington Northern #4617, but never received it before becoming Amtrak #9477. It was renumbered #9407 in October 1983 when it was converted to Head-End Power. It was sold to become a RailVentures/Montana Daylight car, receiving BKSX reporting marks in May 1995, though at this point in 1996 it still gives the appearance of an Amtrak car.

BKSX Coach #4001 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

BKSX Coach #4001 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, BKSX 44-Seat Coach #4001 was built by the Budd Company in 1950 as Southern Pacific #2228 for the Sunset Limited. It was also numbered 2367 and became Amtrak #4415. At this point it was being operated as a RailVentures/Montana Daylight car.

BKSX Dome Coach #9544 "Silver Scene" at the Portland Union Station Centennial

BKSX Dome Coach #9544 "Silver Scene" at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, Dome Coach Silver Scene was built by the Budd Company in 1947 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy #4729 for the Twin Cities Zephyr. It became Burlington Northern #5484 and then Amtrak #9544. It was retired in December 1983 and passed through a series of owners, by this time being restored with a California Zephyr letterboard (though this was not a California Zephyr car) and being operated as a RailVentures/Montana Daylight car.