Somethin’ Different on the California Zephyr

Amtrak WB California Zephyr 2013 04-x

The knock on Amtrak trains is that they all look alike. The California Zephyr looks the same as the Southwest Chief which looks the same as the Empire Builder.

It’s all Superliner equipment pulled by a pair of P42DC locomotives painted in blue and silver. It’s been that way for years and promises to be that way for the future.

Aside from an occasional heritage P42, another thing that can add some interest to a passing Amtrak train is private cars.

Shown on May 23, 2013, on the rear of the westbound California Zephyr is open platform car Suitsme, which is owned by Zephyr Rail Services.

The car was built in 1928 as Pullman Palace Car No. 100 for the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad and named Itsuitsme.

The name is reportedly taken from the comment made by B&A President Percy Todd when asked what he thought of the new car.

Todd is said to have replied, “it suits me.” The next day that name was painted on the side of the car in gold lettering. The car is shown in Riverside, Illinois, on the BNSF raceway.

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