New York Central Diner #448 SOLD



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New York Central Diner #448 SOLD


Offered for sale is an original 1947 New York Central 48 seat diner, fresh from a one year rebuild.  This classic car, is 100 percent complete and all original in its appearance.  Car is Amtrak compatible, however was never an Amtrak owned car and just recently had a PC1, PC1A, PC1B,  PC2 and PC5 ( Amtrak inspections which include current inspection along with the 40 year truck rebuilding and rollout inspection ).  Car is totally self contained with 52 KW STADCO diesel generator, 250 gallon diesel fuel tank, air compressor ( for water raising system and air activated doors ), batteries for air activated doors and required marker lights.  Car has 26CDX brake system, new 8 ton air conditioning system, complete freeze protection system, and has run only 3000 miles from its complete rebuild.  Trucks are tread brake, with Timken "EE" bearings. All wheels are AAR type D36 and all wheels are hub stamped..  All wheels have excellent contours and were freshly certified by Progress Rail.  ( see wheel measurements ) Car has "H" couplers at both ends, along with newly installed rubber tube diaphragms.  Car is Amtrak "A" clearance ( no restrictions )   

Car has all new glazing  ( green tinted per NYC specifications ) and gaskets  and is double glazed. Entire car body has been mechanically polished to give the car a like new appearance.  Unique to this rare class of cars is the fact that this car was built with a quarter vestibule at the dining room end of the car ( most diners do not have a vestibule ) therefore allowing this car to be run without the need for a companion car.   The interior of this car has been restored to its near as delivered condition, from the selection of paints ( IMRON ) to match the original New York Central color schemes, to fabrics and carpet.  Car has all twelve of its original dining room tables, along with all 48 of its original aluminum dining room chairs.  Car has been totally reupholstered, has all new window sills, new wool carpeting, new rubber floor, and so closely resembles the builders photographs that it is truly uncanny.  Car has overhead heat, along with electric baseboard heat inside the original stainless steel heat enclosures.  Car has rebuilt Frigidaire compressors for interior food refrigeration, and all original refrigerators and freezers are in place ( as built ) .  Original air activated door operators have been rebuilt and operate smoothly ( end doors open via air  when you push the "push" bar. ) The electrical system is equipped with a rebuilt 480v locker utilizing North West Rail Electric HVAC controls.

The kitchen is complete and is original with the exception, that the original wood / presto log stove has been removed and restaurant grade Vulcan ovens have been installed ( double cooking ovens ) along with a large Vulcan double chamber warming oven.  In addition, a Garland griddle, along with 2 Garland pot warmers have been installed, and the entire area has been trimmed in stainless, to give it a fresh "as delivered" appearance.  The car has a 480 volt large hot water heater, and includes commercial microwave ovens, a Bunn high capacity restaurant coffee maker, and all the faucets are T&S restaurant grade.  

The car has a brand new "as delivered from Budd" appearance, from its automobile quality paint on the interior, to its exterior lettering   Car has stereo system with speakers installed in original Budd grilles and satellite radio throughout.  All original Budd wood blinds have been rebuilt and refinished and operate smoothly.   

Car is in excellent condition, ready for mainline or tourist railroad service. Car is a high capacity diner and has a modern mechanical, electrical and food service kitchen, making it ready for immediate service.  This restoration of this car is without question "museum quality" yet the car has been returned to main line service and is ready to run on Amtrak.  

Car is on live rail, easily switched to Amtrak, registered in UMLER and has a fresh COT&S.


Financing available for this item - For financing information please contact Strategic Rail Finance at




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