Paxrail | Our Fleet and Railcar History
Stampede Pass – PAXX 800290
Built as dome-coach #558 by the Budd Company in 1954 for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy for service on the Northern Pacific’s premier train, the Chicago-to-Seattle North Coast Limited, which the Northern Pacific operated in partnership with the CB&Q. It operated throughout the country in Amtrak service from1971-1995 before being sold into private ownership. The car was briefly leased to the Grand Canyon Railway, where it bore the name Kokopelli. In the late 1990s, the car was converted from a dome-coach to a dome-sleeper, with the addition of three bedrooms, a galley, and a lounge seating area. After the expiration of the Grand Canyon Railway lease, it operated in excursion and charter service out of Cincinnati for over a decade under the name Observatory. Paxrail acquired the car in 2015 and named it Stampede Pass. It features dome seating for 24 passengers, as well as seating in six four-top tables for formal dining in the dome, 8 booth seats and 10 leather seats in the cherry paneled long lounge, and a full galley. The car can accommodate six overnight guests as well as one staff member. Master bedroom A features a queen size bed, full-size shower, toilet and vanity. Rooms B and C feature double size beds with sink and vanity. Rooms B and C share a full shower and lavatory. Based in Chicago, Stampede Pass is fully Amtrak certified and is available for charter service nation wide.
Bozeman Pass – PAXX 557
Sister car to the Stampede Pass, this Budd-built beauty is one of two CB&Q pool domes, and plied its trade on the North Coast Limited, and later on Amtrak. Bought by a private owner in the mid-1990s, the 557 now resides at Crossroads Railcar Services, and is undergoing extensive restoration beginning in Spring of 2018.
Former Paxrail Cars
Homestake Pass – PAXX 9407
A sister car to the Stampede Pass, it was built as dome-coach #550 by the Budd Company in 1954. Owned by the Northern Pacific Railway, it ran on the North Coast Limited until it was acquired by Amtrak in 1971. It was sold into private ownership in 1995 as Amtrak divested itself of its heritage fleet. The car ran on the American Orient Express in the late-1990s and into the 2000s as the American Spirit before being leased to the Alaska Railroad, where it ran from 2005-2007. The car ran in a variety of excursion service from 2007-2014 before being acquired by Paxrail in 2015 and named Homestake Pass. The car features 66 coach seats, 20 of which are dome seats. Homestake Pass now plies its trade at the French Lick Scenic Railway, in French Lick, Indiana.
Warriors Rest – PAXX 800644
Built in 1952 for the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Congressional between New York and Washington as the parlor car Henry Hudson. It was acquired by Amtrak in 1971 and converted to a buffet/table car in 1986. After being sold by Amtrak, the car ran in charter service through Mid-America Railcar, wearing the names Henry Hudson and Keystone Grill. Paxrail acquired the car in October 2013 and renamed it Warriors Rest. Currently configured as a buffet-diner, the Warriors Rest features booth seating for 32 as well as a full length serving buffet, steam table, microwave, freezer, ovens, and extensive refrigeration and storage space. This car now is located in St. Paul, Minn. and is owned by the Friends of Milwaukee 261.