I originally posted this on my old website on February 13, 2010.
…Continued from PNWC Coach #6200.
This car was built by American Car & Foundry in April, 1954 as Union Pacific Baggage Car #5659. It was renumbered to UP #24427 in April 1969 and to UP Maintenance of Way #904227 in 1975. It was purchased from Union Pacific by the Friends of SP #4449 in July, 1997.
It initially operated without paint and wore the name Better Idea. It was later painted in Daylight colors and renamed Gordon N. Zimmerman, after a crew member who has been an active volunteer co-coordinating and selling souvenirs on every SP #4449 trip since 1981 and helping to restore 1937 Daylight car SP #3300, former UP mail car #5811, now #4449's tool car and #2901 Clackamas River, #4449's crew sleeper. The Gordon N. Zimmerman made its debut with #4449 at the ArTrain display in Hillsboro from June 29 to July 4, 2002.
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