Business Car "Silver Star

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  • Listing ID: 3791323
  • Type: Amtrak Certified
  • Year: 1950
  • Manufacture: Budd Co.
  • Bearing Type: APEE
  • Coupler Type: H
  • Operational: Yes
  • Self Contained: Yes
  • Length (feet): 85.00
  • Width (feet): 10.00
  • Height (feet): 13.00
  • Weight (tons): 65
  • Shipping (minimum):0.00
  • BNSF/Amtrak
  • Price:
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Business Car "Silver Star


Please note, the PC-1 inspection on this car has expired. Seller will work with Buyer to have the inspection done so the car can move via Amtrak.

 Eighty five feet of silver plated luxury! 

 Silver Star may have been built in 1950 but you can't tell by looking at this sensational car! Completely reconfigured and paneled in rich mahogany and white oak, Silver Star has every amenity that any discriminating traveler could want! This impressive car started is life in 1950 as a 10 roomette, 6 double bedroom sleeping car for the Union Pacific Railroad and was originally named Pacific Scene. After UP's discontinuation of passenger service the car was sold to Amtrak who rebuilt the car in their "Heritage Fleet" program. Amtrak retired the car and sold it to its current owner in 2002 and the new owner didn't waste any time in planning the ultimate private car! The result is a very versatile business car floor plan that is ideal for private or corporate use.

As you board the car from the vestibule end you enter a small service/storage area with a public restroom, large storage room and two of the original roomettes for crew or guests. From the service area you enter a very impressive and elegant dining room paneled in deep rich mahogany with a custom built china buffet that is equipped with a pass through window from the kitchen. Unlike other business cars, Silver Stars dining room can be set up for a large group of 8-10 or for four two top tables which offer a more intimate setting. In addition this room is also equipped with an ice maker and drink cooler.

Just past the dining room is a gourmet chef's dream, a full stainless custom kitchen! A lot of thought and planning went into the kitchens design and every inch of space was utilized very efficiently. The kitchen is equipped with custom stainless cabinets, a Jen Aire cook top and convection oven, TRUE freezer & refrigerator, Jen Aire microwave, Hatco Glo-Ray food warmer and a Kenmore trash compactor.

As you pass by the door to the kitchen you enter into the main hallway of the car and the next room  is a large shower and changing room with imported Italian tile. Easily one of the largest showers on a private car and with the tile it's a breeze to keep clean.

As you proceed down the hall you enter the main sleeping accommodations on Silver Star and they come in the form of 4 of the original double bedrooms. Each room sleeps two and each set of rooms can open en-suite to form a larger room that will sleep up to 4 people in lower and upper berths. Each room is also equipped with its own enclosed toilet and wash basin and electrical outlets. 

With all the upgrades Silver Star has received undeniably the most impressive is the new solarium observation lounge! Custom made windows on each side of the lounge offer impressive views of the passing scenery. If you think the view out the side is impressive wait until you see out the rear of the car, the entire end wall has new end windows and a custom observation door. If you get tired of looking out all the windows you can relax in this cozy paneled area and watch a move on the built in TV. Near the ceiling of the lounge are several built in cabinets which house the TV and stereo equipment and also offer ample storage. 

Last COT&S date 3/23/16

Last PC-1 Inspection 4/2/18

Silver Star is truly one of the best thought out private car floor plans and is fully Amtrak certified and ready for service. Some of the mechanical details of this beautiful car include: 


Dimensions Length 85'-0"
  Width 10'-6"
  Height 13'-6"
  Amtrak Clearance



Capacities Water 400 gallons 
  Diesel fuel 358 gallons 
  Sanitary 330 gallons (165 gallons per tank. Tanks have a 4" connection and can be pumped from either side) 
  Diesel generator 65KW


Exterior Fluting Original
  Ends Rebuilt with polished stainless steel
  Marker Lights New LED marker lights installed where diaphragm spring used to be
    Trans-Lite FM7756-2 (50 - 85 VDC)
  Track Lights Two high and two low on Solarium end. Locomotive ditch lights each operating at 60VAC
  Side Sills Repaired according to Amtrak-approved specifications
  Side Sill Covers Custom built 18 gauge polished stainless steel
  Fuel tanks 2 custom built tanks each covered with Rhino Lining. Each holds approximately 178 gallons.
  Fuel Fill Both sides of the car. Locking gas cap is NAPA 703-1685
  Sanitary Holding Tanks

2 custom built tanks each covered with Rhino Lining. Each holds approximately 165 gallons.

     Equipped with Amtrak compliant Head End Power
Electrical Generator Stadco 65KW installed, tested , and running (M#:  5-65DE   S#: 33835-611
  Power Switch Northwest Rail Electric automatic power switch installed, tested
  Power Meter National Meter And Automation Model KW4480  Measures KWHR, demand, peak amps/phase
  Kitchen transformers (3) TEMCO FT2071 7.5KVA, primary 480 X 240, secondary 3 phase 208Y/120
  Main transformers 480VAC to 240VAC and 480VAC to 120VAC installed by Amtrak
  Decelostat Power Supply WABCO E-5 requires 50 to 80 volts DC. Custom built 67.5VDC power supply
Plumbing Copper All new, new faucet stems installed
  Toilets New Microphor, 1 lubricator and air regulator per toilet
    Annex: Microphor model LF-219 bone china  with Bemis model 46ECDG bone seat and lid
    Public: Microphor model LF-320
  Sanitary tanks 2, custom built stainless insulated holding tanks. Covered with Rhino Lining.
  Intermediate Tank 1, custom built stainless tank with trash pump. Covered with Rhino Lining.
  Hot Water Three State 19 gallon hot water tanks in custom enclosue under car
  Gast Recirculation Pump Located in hot water box.
  Speedaire Model 4GNL4 Condensate separator installed on air compressor output line
Climate Control A/C Amtrak rebuilt 1996, repaired and tested in 2006
    New condenser installed July 2012
  Heat 2 stage overhead electric heat is new
    1 stage floor heat is new
    Floor heat in Dining Room and Hallway controlled by thermostat in Dining Room
    Floor heat in the Solarium controlled by a thermostat in the Solarium
    Heat source: Vulcan strip heaters. 
  Controls New Johnson modular controls, thermostats
  Ducts New duct work in Solarium and  Dining Room to keep ceiling high
    All original ducts cleaned
  Blowers All blowers were rebuilt 
  Baffles Rubber baffles refurbished
  Weather Stripping Vestibule doors: McMaster Carr 
    Interior Doors:  McMaster Carr 
    Equipment Boxes: Soffseal #E1076
Compressed Air Air Compressor  Tied into water raising valves. May also be used for tools, cleaning, etc.
Dining Room Ice Maker Marvel 25iM
  Drink Cooler Marvel 30ARM
  Indirect Lighting 5050 LED soft white strip lighting by Birddog Distributing
  Overhead lights Soft white 5050LED strip lighting by Birddog Distributors
    Dimmable surface LED soft white from Lowes
  Under counter lights Soft white 5050LED strip lighting by Birddog Distributors
  Sconces Thomas SL-7441-68  (swirl alabaster style globes)
  Speakers (2) Monoprice MST-870-27   8"   80 watts
  Dimmers Lutron LED/CFL dimmers on all lighting circuits
Solarium Indirect Lighting Soft white 5050LED strip lighting by Birddog Distributors
    Blue 5050LED strip lighting by Birddog Distributors
  Sound system Yamaha RX-V661
  Television Samsung LN32A450CID
  TV Wall Mount Monoprice MLB-13/MLB-17
  AppleTV Use iPad as controlling device for entertainment system
  Speakers (2) Monoprice MST-870-27   8"   80 watts
  Dimmers Lutron LED/CFL dimmers on all lighting circuits
  Rooftop TV Antenna Wineguard 2000  "Roadstar" (over the air only)


 PC2-A is due on 6/25/22

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