Monday, April 2, 2018

Union Pacific Dome Dining Car #8008 "City of Portland"

Union Pacific Dome Dining Car #8008 "City of Portland" at Union Station in Portland, Oregon

Union Pacific Dome Dining Car #8008, City of Portland, was built by American Car & Foundry in May 1955 for use on the City of Portland. In June 1972, the car was sold to AutoTrain for use between Virginia and Florida, becoming AutoTrain #807. After AutoTrain shut down in April 1981, the car was sold to A. J. Daniels of Tulsa, Oklahoma in December 1981, and was subsequently sold to Kansas City Southern via Mid-America Car Company in 1982. The car was assigned KCS #19 and was intended for use on a revived Southern Belle passenger train that was aborted. The car remained in storage in AutoTrain paint at Mid-America Car Company in Kansas City until being re-purchased by Union Pacific via Northern Rail Car in October 1990. After being refurbished, the car was given the name City of Portland, after the jointly operated Union Pacific/Chicago & North Western streamliner that ran between Chicago and Portland, Oregon from June 1935 to April 1971.

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