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 Post subject: Santa Fe short dome 502 to Winslow, AZ
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:27 pm 

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Reports on Facebook indicate that AT&SF "Turquoise Dome" 502 has been acquired by a private entity from the Santa Fe Southern in Lamy, NM (most likely a private owner there) and will go to the Old Trails Museum, run by the Winslow (Az.) Historical Society, for display.

Winslow has also long been a home for several operable PVs, so it's not impossible that the new owner may have operation in mind.

Info from Trainweb at http://www.trainweb.org/web_lurker/ATSF/ :

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In 1950, Pullman Standard delivered 6 "Pleasure Domes" for the "Super Chief". The cars had 2 unique features; the "Turquoise Room", and parlor-car style revolving seats in the dome.

The "Turquoise Room", in the short end of the car and always coupled to the diner, seated 12 and was available for private luncheon, cocktail, or dinner parties. The deorative keynote was a reproduction of a silver-accented indian turquoise medallion, displayed in a shadow box on the forward wall.

Under the dome was a cocktail room and forward was a lounge.

In the dome were 8 parlor chairs in the center, with standard double seats in each end facing away from the center. The parlor chairs could be revolved freely for ideal viewing angles.

(Just to note) In 1957 the Pleasure Domes received outside swing hangar trucks and a more up to date remodeled main floor lounge with new furniture in a new arrangement. A decorative panel was installed at the base of the dome staircase between that spot and the main lounge. The main lounge bulkheads received the Indian Sand Paintings at that time. (Some Pleasure Dome Sand Paintings were damaged in the early 70's when Amtrak placed magazine racks top of the paintings with drilled holes for mounting hardware.)

A new lowered ceiling was installed in the main lounge area with punctured panels to create a subtle "star light" effect. Similar to what Budd had introduced on their Big (full length) Dome cars.

The lower lever Bar area was also updated, with tall brass(?)finial fixtures designed by a Topeka shop employee, and new furniture. Also, a decorative wall between the hall and the Turquoise Room replaced the retracting or sliding wall panel area, which formerly was used to open the Turquoise Room as additional lounge seating during non-dining hours. (info courtesy Hubert "BuddPulman")


AT&SF 502 "Plaza Lamy" (name not applied), Amtrak 9352, 1982 to Kyle Railways, Dr Dan Marnell "Plaza Lamy" (800403), Sierra Madre Express, Santa Fe Southern RR (1999).


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Fe short dome 502 to Winslow, AZ
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:21 pm 

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There was a fairly extensive discussion about 502's move to Winslow on trainorders.com recently. Here's a link, and I'll append an abstract of the key points in a bit:

http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?4,4058409,4059285#msg-4059285

Abstract: The car has been purchased by the Winslow Arts Trust. 502 was moved from Lamy to Winslow by BNSF for $1. It will become part of the Route 66 Art Museum and be open to the public on the private car track near the depot. They plan to replace windows and gaskets, restore the lounge and bar murals, and repair the plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems. They expect to spend $50,000 to $100,000 depending on how much free labor they can get.


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Fe short dome 502 to Winslow, AZ
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:31 pm 

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Good news, especially now that the SFS is moribund and unlikely to resume any sort of operations.

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