HISTORY: The Sierra Hotel, originally Silver Lounge, was built in 1948 as a mid-train lounge and dormitory car for use on the California Zephyr by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q), and later with the Burlington Northern (BN). It was taken over by Amtrak at its inception and saw service on both the North Coast Hiawatha and Texas Chief. The car began private charter operation in 1980 after being acquired from Amtrak. It then began the transformation into its current configuration as a business car after changing private ownership in 1989. It has been in private and charter use ever since.
UNIQUE FEATURES: What sets this car apart are the upgrades made to enhance the passengers experience. Such as the ability to cool the entire car in the event of failure of one air conditioning unit. An Inverter system to provide lighting in the event of loss of HEP or even the generator. Superb sound system. Incredible inventory of tools, components, parts, devices, etc.
MULTIPLE USES: In this changing Amtrak environment, it is important to remain flexible. Not only can the Sierra Hotel be used on cross country trips but due to its large and flexible kitchen with pass through serving window, the Sierra Hotel can also be used as the basis for a dinner train, food service for day long excursions, snack and beverage service on short trips.
TECHNICAL DETAILS: Amtrak certified and fully operational.
Current guest sleeping accommodations for four guests. However, this can be permanently increased to seven with physical modifications. For daytime use not requiring sleeping arrangements, the maximum number of guests is 20.