Old 05-01-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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This mornings (1 May) Eastbound Empire Builder left the St. Paul depot with Soo Line observation (Cyrus K. Holliday) on the rear. It's a beautiful car, and I encourage anyone along the route to Chicago to get a photo.
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The "Cyrus K. Holliday" private coach is now on the westbound California Zephyr (May 2, 2009). At 4:45 PM approx, it passed thru Galesburg, IL. I might have to go see it in person this evening as it passes thru Osceola, Iowa. Can anyone provide some information on who owns it and if it is for rent to anyone with enough cash? LOL Thanks for the heads up and any info. Bill
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This mornings (1 May) Eastbound Empire Builder left the St. Paul depot with Soo Line observation (Cyrus K. Holliday) on the rear. It's a beautiful car, and I encourage anyone along the route to Chicago to get a photo.
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The "Cyrus K. Holliday" private coach is now on the westbound California Zephyr (May 2, 2009). At 4:45 PM approx, it passed thru Galesburg, IL. I might have to go see it in person this evening as it passes thru Osceola, Iowa. Can anyone provide some information on who owns it and if it is for rent to anyone with enough cash? LOL Thanks for the heads up and any info. Bill
Hi. A new member. Ironically I was just Googling 'Cyrus K. Holliday" and saw this link. I was on the e/b EB from Vancouver, WA on 4.29 to St. Paul. Our sleeper car was at the end with the private car attached.

I had a chance to talk to the staff. The guy shown on the observation platform overseas the movement of the car. As you'll see from the pictures it is a business car (#AMT 800039). It was built in 1921 for the president of the Soo Line. It is now owned by the Kennebec Financial Corporation. The car is based in San Diego.

The rear portion is lounge seating area. A wall divides the dark wood walled dining room. It has a galley and sleeping area for guests and staff.

The car was making a loop trip San Diego - Portland - Chicago - San Diego.

During our stop in Havre MT, the staff could be seen serving lunch to an elderly couple - one of them obviously high on the Kennebec corporate ladder.

I took a few cell phone pictures and will try to add them here. Most were taken during our morning stop at Whitefish MT. The night shot was taken at Minot ND, not of camera quality, but gives the essence of the car all lit up.

NOTE: Before posting, Iím new to the link stuff. How can pictures on my computer be given a URL link in order to post?

Trivia on the name of the car:

Col. Cyrus K. Holliday, one of the founders of Topeka, and father of the Santa Fe Railroad, was born near Carlisle, Pennsylvania on April 3, 1826.

Holliday was educated at Alleghant College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, for the legal profession, which he followed to some extent, although his natural taste seemed to be for large business undertakings. His knowledge of law and his talents as a public speaker gave him a splendid equipment. His first important business venture was as a contractor for the construction of a short line of railroad in his native state, on which he realized a profit of $20,000.

Holliday came to Kansas and settled in Lawrence in 1854. He took an active interest in the free state movement and believed that Kansas would become a free state. He, with some of his friends, determined on the site of Topeka for their new town which they intended to be a permanent capital of the new state. Holliday was the first president of the Topeka Town Company. He continued to direct the affairs of the company until all of the lots were disposed of and when the company went out of business, Holliday was made trustee for the purpose of curing all defects of title. Many of the lots remained in his name up to the time of his death, and for many years he was the largest individual taxpayer in Topeka.

His greatest satisfaction and his most enduring fame resulted from his connection with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, of which he was the inspiration, promoter, builder, first president and director from the date of its organization. He firmly believed in its ultimate sucess, while others ridiculed what they thought a preposterous idea.

Holliday was the first Mayor of Topeka and later was recalled to that position for several terms.

Bill: You asked about private cars for charter. Here is one site:

http://www.aaprco.com/Cars/car_type_index.html
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:50 PM   #4
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Thanks, GS, for the info on the car. Very interesting. Wish we could see your pictures, but I can't help you as far as attaching/linking pictures to these posts. Have tried several times, but haven't found the right combination. Thanks again, Bill
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The "Cyrus K. Holliday" private coach is now on the westbound California Zephyr (May 2, 2009). At 4:45 PM approx, it passed thru Galesburg, IL. I might have to go see it in person this evening as it passes thru Osceola, Iowa. Can anyone provide some information on who owns it and if it is for rent to anyone with enough cash? LOL Thanks for the heads up and any info. Bill
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This mornings (1 May) Eastbound Empire Builder left the St. Paul depot with Soo Line observation (Cyrus K. Holliday) on the rear. It's a beautiful car, and I encourage anyone along the route to Chicago to get a photo.
Belatedly, I have some pics I took off my cell phone. See my earlier post about the car and its name.

The car was attached to our sleeper from VAN-MSP leaving 4.29. These were taken the next morning in Whitefish MT:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3401/...c8ba4cc9_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3332/...9bed5aa4_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3360/...70fa7b52_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3359/...83263a63_m.jpg

Last one at night taken at Minot ND. We were the last train to take the detour to Fargo:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3394/...e38196b3_m.jpg
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