Santa Fe Hylevel Coach/Dorm/Transition Car #3991
A good cleaning, new windows and some mechanical work and this car can be put back into service!
Built circa 1955 by the Budd Company for the Santa Fe Railroad as part of their large equipment upgrade for the overnight all coach train the “El Capitan” Sold to Amtrak after the Santa Fe exited the passenger business and operated by Amtrak until retired in the early 1990’s. The advantage to the Hy Level cars is that you get a dome car view from every car in the train and this car was rebuilt by Amtrak’s “Heritage Fleet” program is it is equipped with Head End Power, H couplers, 27 pin & MU, electric floor and overhead heat, air conditioning, emergency lights, freeze protection, large water tank, 26-C brake valves, disc brakes , outside swinghanger trucks for superior ride, seating capacity of approx. 30 and 12 crew, large restrooms and luggage area (could be converted into food service area), emergency windows (all glazing will need replaced), stainless body, train PA system, crew/shower room, upgraded electrical system. Several complete trainsets are available which include coaches and diner/lounges, for more details please CLICK HERE.
Q-How much does it cost to ship a passenger car by truck?
The costs involved with shipping a passenger car will vary a bit depending on the type of car and the equipment the service provider has and of course the distance it must travel. Normally a passenger car will weigh between 60-85 ton, will be approx. 85' long, ten feet wide and approx. 13-15' high sitting on it's trucks (wheel assemblies). The safest method of shipping will be to lift the car off it's trucks and set one end of the car on the back of a semi truck and the other end of the car on a set of road dollies. So basically the car would be pulled down the highway like a trailer. The trucking company will need to make a second trip to pick up the trucks and deliver them to the site before the truck arrives with the car body. It is recommended that the car be set on a short piece of track since that is how the car structure was designed. You normally can find used railroad ties at landscaping companies and for rail we suggest contacting a local railroad museum, shortline railroad or scrap yard. On an average you can expect to spend a minimum of $10,000-$15,000+. The total price will depend on the trucking company and crane companies in the area. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer and we are more than happy to discuss the project with any service provider so that fully understand the process.
How much does it cost to ship a passenger car by rail?
If a passenger car is capable of being shipped by rail, that does not mean that is the easiest or cheaper method of transport. If the final destination is off live rail then shipping by truck (see above paragraph) will be the best option. This way you know when it will show up and an in what condition it will be in. To ship a car by rail it will need to meet all mechanical and safety standards of the Federal Railroad Administration and the interchanging railroad. In most cases we can recommend a trusted independent inspector who can do an evaluation of the car for you and perform what work needs to be done. On average the car will need to have the air brakes recertified (approx. $5,000-$8,000). And it will need to have UMLER Tags and reporting marks installed on the side of the car (approx. $250.00 - $500.00). If the car is ready to be shipped in freight service (like a box car in a train) you will need to open an account with all railroads involved in the move and get a tariff for moving a passenger on it's own wheels (we can recommend several trusted contractors who can make all the shipping arrangements for you). The railroads charge between $5.00- $15.00 per mile, often the railroads don't go directly from point A to point B so you will need to pay the total amount of mileage the car will travel to get to the final destination. It is recommend that you have the car insured before shipment ( we can recommend several carriers who specialize insuring railroad equipment).