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Pullman observation car "Virginia City"
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Author:  Daylight25 [ Sat Sep 09, 2023 9:27 am ]
Post subject:  Pullman observation car "Virginia City"

Came across an Ozark Mountain Railcar Facebook post, stating that the Virginia City observation car was for sale.

Listing description (copied from website): Built in 1928 by the Pullman Company as a sleeping observation car named "Crystal Peak". Originally assigned to Southern Pacific Railroads famed Overland Limited. Retired by the Pullman Company in 1954 and sold to famed rail author Lucius Beebe. The inside of the car was completely redecorated into a one of a kind venetian renaissance baroque interior. With antique furnishings valued at over a half million dollars, Virginia City was said to be the most lavishly appointed private car on rails. Some of the interior upgrades included a Italian marble gas fireplace, hand blown Muranno crystal chandeliers, 17th century Barouque mirror, antique dining room table and chairs, Italian frescos and richly upholstered couches in the lounge. The car floor plan includes a spacious observation lounge, three bedrooms, formal dining room, 2 restrooms (1 shower), crew room and kitchen. Some of the mechanical/physical attributes include a excellent body and roof, HEP, upgraded air conditioning system, MU, new leaf springs, 300 gal holding tank, NEW 300 gal stainless water tank, 240V 3 phase Stadco 52 kw generator, under car storage boxes, CS couplers, main reservoir line, brass railed observation platform, stainless steps, freeze protection, electric baseboard and over head heat, composition brake shoes, rotating end cap bearings, good wheels, water raising compressor, 32v emergency lights, 27 pin com line. The kitchen is equipped with a gas range, commercial dishwasher, microwave/convection oven and storage.

The car is fetching for $885,000 and is currently located in Oakland, CA. It interchanges with Union Pacific, despite being Amtrak Certified

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