California Department Of Transportation's Division of Intercity Rail Program's Rail Passenger Car Technology Branch and Amtrak have selected a number of Superliners to be converted into corridor coaches for use on the Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, and Capitol Corridor routes to augment capacity. The cars being rebuilt with funds made possible through the Caltrans Division of Rail, were built by the Pullman Standard Company in Kensington, Illinois in 1978. They were originally wrecked, derailed, damaged, or otherwise stored or surplussed. They had accidents at various locations around the country, as well as Georgetown, Ontario, Canada. The cars in the table at The Official California Corridor Superliner Coach Conversions Information Page are in revenue service and assigned to the Oakland pool. The cars in this table are all assigned to Los Angeles and are now in revenue service use on the Surfliners. All of the cars have had the run-through cabling installed, so that they are able to be operated in push-pull service. New seats, carpeting, stairwell linoleum, vestibule flooring, and new lavatory Enclosures have been installed, giving the cars a fresh new look.
Rick Ivkovich, Oceanside, CA reported that these cars have additional night time saftety lighting that has been installed in the floor on the side opposite the stairwell and that this new "Space-Age" lighting runs the entire length of the car.
Rick Ivkovich, Oceanside, CA also reported that Amtrak installed a new Light-Emitting Diode "No Smoking Sign" that is very bright. Both of the Center-Step Well Bulkheads.
There is also one table seat in the center of the car in all of these cars, that is located on the upper level. Unlike the traditional "folding-leaf" style tables generally found in Surfliners, the tables in these cars are standard rectangular tables that would be more commonly found in dining or lounge cars, and are full-sized tables.
Cars in the table are painted in the Blue/Silver/White scheme, with the Blue and Green "CT" Logo and are assigned to the Pacific Surfliner Service Equipment Pool, which is dispatched from 8th Street Coach Yards at Redondo Junction in downtown Los Angeles.
Notes: Coach #34960 Sequoia Grove was released from Oakland Service and Inspection Facilities and shipped to Los Angeles on train #11, the Coast Starlight on October 30, 2008. It has been reported in service as of Monday, November 21, 2008.
Notes: Coach #34967 Sycamore Grove has been transferred from the San Joaquin and Capitol Trains, on 12/18/08 and was reported in service on the Surfliner Route, based in Los Angeles on 12/20/08.
Notes: Coach #34951 Redwood Grove was observed enroute from the Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Train Observation Point at La Plata, MO on train #3, the Southwest Chief 5/23/09 and then subsequently confirmed in revenue service on northbound Pacific Surfliner Train #583 at Fullerton, CA on 6/9/09.
|AMTK NUMBER||CDTX NUMBER||CAR NAME||Type of Damage||Location||Train Number|
|OUT OF SERVICE|
RETURN TO SERVICE
|Upper Level Seats||Lower Level Seats|
|34067||34967||SYCAMORE GROVE||Water Heater||Raton, NM||3|
|34960||SEQOUIA GROVE||Wrecked||Flora/Betonia, MS||58|
|34051||34951||REDWOOD GROVE||Georgetown, ON||365|
Information in the above table is courtesy of On Track On Line by David Warner and Dan Ainsworth's Superliner Information Page
Some Information on this page is also provided courtesy of Stanton Hunter, Caltrans Divison Of Rail - Passenger Cars Technology Branch.
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