That’s my recollection from 1968 too. The El Capitan was pretty nice too!Really? I thought they were operated separately on a regular basis longer than that. The original high level cars were acquired in 1956, including what is now the PPC cars (I believe they were originally called Sky Lounge). The 1964 order included coaches that were virtually identical and the older ones went to the San.Francisco Chief. Although I’m sure it was because of the holiday season, I do know that when I rode the Super Chief from Chicago on New Year’s Day 1969, we were operated as an all Pullman train. The equipment and service were superb. The El Cap followed.Fun fact: Only two years into revenue service (on the Santa Fe El Capitan), that all-coach train was combined with the first-class-only Super Chief (all Budd cars). The train remained combined on into the Amtrak era, so when it comes down to it, Hi-Levels (for the most part) started off on a multi-class (sleeper and coach) train.
Does anybody know if and when the parlor cars will be going on their winter "maintenance" hiatus? I love the PPC and find it amazing that the classiest cars in Amtrak's fleet started out life on an all-coach train?
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Edited by ChuckL, 08 November 2017 - 08:46 PM.