CB&Q Silver Tower

For Sale


  • Listing ID: 19261539
  • Type: Observation Cars
  • Year: 1952
  • Manufacture: Budd Company
  • Bearing Type: Grease
  • Coupler Type: H
  • Self Contained: No
  • Length (feet): 85.00
  • Width (feet): 10.00
  • Height (feet): 15.00
  • Weight (tons): 70
  • Shipping (minimum):$8000.00
  • Interchanges to CSX, NS, KCS, UP, BNSF
  • Price:
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CB&Q Silver Tower

 CB&Q 366 SILVER TOWER - Budd Built 1952 Dome – Parlor - Observation for Kansas City
Zephyr. When delivered, the Silver Tower featured a small forward parlor section with seats for seven
passengers, with locker and luggage space just inside the entry door. At the rear of the front parlor section was
a commissioned mural depicting a prominent event in the history of the CB&Q. A drawing room was located
under the dome, with day seating for ????ve. Beyond the drawing room under the dome was the Men's and
Women's lavatories. Continuing on to the rear of the car, the under dome passageway opens into the spacious
20 seat parlor-observation section at the rear of the car. To the left, a curved stairway ascends to the dome,
seating 24 in paired reclining coach seats. The SILVER TOWER, (and sister car SILVER TERRACE for the Kansas
City and American Royal Zephyrs) were of a new design on the Burlington – the blunt rear end. In a departure
from the rounded end observation cars of the Twin Cities and California Zephyr, the SILVER TOWER has rear
facing windows on either side of the end door, fitted with a diaphragm/buffer for mid-train operation. In the
place of the traditional drum head, the railroads insignia was placed on one side, and the train's name in a
similar style on the other side, back-lit. A large Mars light is above the door for end of train lighting, along with
fixed side markers on either side. The SILVER TOWER did follow one noteworthy trait from the earlier California
Zephyr cars – the raised roof and ceiling in the rear lounge of the car. The extra 8” of headroom made quite a
difference in the spacious appearance of the rear lounge. In Amtrak service as 9321 after 1971, the SILVER
TOWER received Amtrak's first round of bold colored interior treatment, as the remnants show today. In the late
1970's, the car was sidelined mechanically after suffering a battery box fire under the lounge end of the car. An
engineering survey has been completed by an accredited firm, and a repair prescribed for the affected area of
the center still of the car. An updated repair quote to cover this damage can be solicited if desired. The SILVER
TOWER is currently in an unrestored state, with the interior disassembled and stored inside the car.

Some of the mechanical details include:  CB&Q inside swing hanger C-frame disc brake trucks with Hyatt/ Timken sealed roller bearing wheelsets, good body and roof, H couplers, interior and all mechanical systems need rebuilt. 

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