Train Car


Side View Train Car
Brass Model of Union Pacific Placid series Sleeper

The Berlin was built by Pullman Standard in 1956 (Lot 6953, Plan 4198) for the Union Pacific Railroad as an 11 double bedroom sleeper "Placid Lake" #1504 for service on various Overland Route trains.  The Placid Lake was frequently assigned to the Union Pacific Streamliner City of Los Angeles.


The following six pages have been copied from The Official Pullman – Standard Library, Volume 14 Union Pacific 1937 – 1958 by Randall and Anderson.

Train Library Train Layout Train Layout 2Train in winter Inside of Train Car Inside of train car 2 Inside of train car 3 Train car diagram 


City of LA Poster

A typical City of Los Angeles train consist around 1956 included:

EMD E9 A-B-A diesel locomotive set
Mail express 5707
Baggage 5606
Baggage dormitory 3107
Sleeper 11 double bedroom Placid Lake
Sleeper 11 double bedroom Placid Dune
Sleeper 4-4-2 Imperial Hill
Domeliner diner 8008
Sleeper 4-4-2 Imperial Club
Sleeper 5-2-2 Ocean Beach
Sleeper 5-2-2 Ocean Bay
Domeliner lounge observation 9009


Promotional Train Poster People in Train car common area 


Train at hub

Union Pacific passenger service ceased with the inauguration of the Amtrak national rail passenger system in October 1970. 


The Placid Lake became Amtrak sleeper #2263 Placid Lake, and continued in service throughout the entire Amtrak system.  Note the Platinum Mist paint scheme with “pointless arrow” window band.

Side view of train car


Train car diagram


Train from front

While in Amtrak service, the Placid Lake was one of 20 cars that were involved in former President Jimmy Carter’s inaugural express train nicknamed the “Peanut Express”. The Placid Lake is the 4th car behind the locomotives. 


Inside of train car

Car #2263 was acquired from Amtrak by the Indiana Railroad Museum in French Lick IN, and ultimately resold to American European Express (AEE), a company that provided luxury rail tours based on the famous European Orient Express train concept.   A major interior and exterior renovation was performed by AEE to convert the car into a luxurious sleeping car with Honduran mahogany interiors and fine upholstery appointments while maintaining its original 11 bedroom configuration.


Aerial view of train

Car #2263 was renamed “Berlin” in accordance with AEE preferences to name cars after famous European and American cities.  The Berlin was one of the original cars in the inaugural run of the American European Express that ran from Chicago IL (through Pittsburgh PA) to Washington DC behind the Capitol Limited. 


American European Express (AEE)  renamed to American Orient Express (AOE) to avoid copyright infringement issues.

Orient Express


Orient Express 2


7 Double Bedroom, 2 Presidential Suite

Train diagram


Aerial view of train on plains


View from train car


5 Master Suite, 1 Double Bedroom

Train car diagram


Inside of train car

-Mahogany paneling in place

-Needs glazing, floor heat hook up, finish plumbing & wiring, stainless steel register covers, carpeting


Room E Murphy Beds
Removed by Grand Luxe

Wood Paneling


Renovations

- Needs window casement & blind, replace Murphy bed removed by AOE


Train in winter

Capitol Limited    - Feb 2, 2010


RESTORATION PHASE 2010-2012

Man Sitting


TRUCK & WHEEL IMPROVEMENTS

- GROUNDING CABLE
- PEDESTAL STRUT

- DECELOSTAT

PEDESTAL STRUT NEW WHEELSET (THICK)

Sanding of walls prior to Satin finish

Sanding of walls prior to Satin finish


Shower installation, new wiring, carpet, seat cushion upholstery

Renovations     Renovations


Interior Design Consultation

Interior Design Consultation


Color Palate Selections

Room C Room F
Room C Room

KITCHENETTE DESIGN & BUILD

KITCHENETTE DESIGN & BUILD   KITCHENETTE DESIGN & BUILD


Stainless Steel Additions

Before After
Before After

Murphy Bed Replacement
with Space Saving Bunks
by Resource Furniture

Murphy Bed Replacement  Murphy Bed Replacement

Murphy Bed Replacement  Murphy Bed Replacement


BERLIN FLOORPLAN
-Current

BERLIN FLOORPLAN -Current


Click here for page 2 of the History of the Berlin Sleeping Car

 

 

The BERLIN Sleeping Car travels by being added to Amtrak trains. The Map of Amtrak routes gives you an idea of the possible train vacation destinations that you may wish to consider when planning your itinerary. The BERLIN Sleeping Car may be chartered by a family, group of friends, corporate travel or any combination you desire. When you charter your private railcar, you create your own luxury railcar trip. You determine where you want your private railcar excursion to go - which route you want to take - and how long you wish to stay at your "train vacation destination."

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Berlin Sleeping Car

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