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Silver Rapids is a California Zephyr 10-6 Sleeper built by the Budd Company for the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1948 for through service between New York City and Oakland, California. This was the only car of this design owned by the Pennsylvania. The name Silver Rapids was selected for this car because all California Zephyr cars had names that started with Silver, and all of the Pennsylvania's other 10-6 sleepers had named ending with Rapids. The car was assigned #8449.
The California Zephyr's through service to New York City ended in 1957, and Silver Rapids served as just another 10-6 sleeper on the Pennsylvania Railroad and its successor Penn Central. In 1971 the car was sold to Amtrak and it remained in service until 1980, when it was retired. David Goodheart purchased the car from Amtrak in 1985 and rebuilt it to then-current Amtrak standards.
California Zephyr Railcar Charters began leasing Silver Rapids from Goodheart in 2000, and purchased the car from his estate in 2005. Originally featuring 10 roomettes and 6 bedrooms, two of Silver Rapids' roomettes have been converted into a galley and a shower room.
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