This weeks car is ex ATSF business car 33, now called REDWOOD EMPIRE. It’s for sale at Ozark Mountain Railcar.
Santa Fe business car #33 was built in 1923 by Pullman Car and Manufacturing, one of essentially identical “30 series” cars, numbered 30-39, constructed for the railway between 1918 and 1928. These cars were originally assigned to top executives out of Chicago, perhaps on a rotating basis. With arrival of lightweight, streamlined replacements after WWII, 30 series units were sent all over the Santa Fe System, primarily to General and Assistant General Managers of the Grand Divisions. Many were modernized with formica interiors replacing the original golden oak. No. 33 never received this treatment; its last assignment was for the Assistant General Manager, Coast Lines, Los Angeles. Santa Fe retired the car in 1969, the first of the series to leave the roster. Post AT&SF owners of note were Atlantic Richfield; General Rail Corporation – which named the car TAMALPAIS and retrucked it in 1999; and Gibraltar House, which upgraded the machinery, paneling and the ceilings. Redwood Empire is equipped with a lounge, 4 bedrooms, a general toilet, dining room, crew room and a stainless steel pantry and kitchen.
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