Heritage Fleet (Amtrak)

Heritage Fleet (Amtrak)

Infobox Train
name = Heritage

imagesize = 250px
caption = The Amtrak Heritage Fleet car #7608.
Manufacturer = Budd Company
yearconstruction = 1950s
scrappedyear = Many scrapped, some remain in service
Operator = Amtrak
updated = August 1, 2007

Amtrak's Heritage Fleet program was started in 1977 to equip older cars from Amtrak's predecessor railroads to head end power (HEP) from steam heat. Head end power is the use of electricity for lighting, heating and air conditioning for the cars, produced by generators in the locomotives. HEP conversions were performed at Amtrak's heavy repair center in Beech Grove, Indiana, outside of Indianapolis. The program was completed by the mid 1980s.

Most Heritage Fleet cars have been retired from Amtrak service, but several remain, mostly baggage cars. Others include the "Pacific Parlour" Hi-Level lounges and single-level diners. One former Great Northern Railway full-length dome is occasionally used on special trains.

External links

* [http://hebners.net/amtrak/ Amtrak Photo Archives]

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