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Equipment Roster of the
American-European Express / Greenbrier Limited,
American Orient Express, and GrandLuxe Express
 
 
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This list is a work-in-progress -- and probably always will be. Any additions or corrections, please email.
NUMBER
TYPE
LOCOMOTIVE
LOCOMOTIVE NOTES
American Orient Express

Built in September 1971 by EMD as B&O 4024. Build number 38504, order number 7340-25. To CSX 6599. To NRE. To American-European Express (AEE) 1 in 1992, having been rebuilt and repainted by NRE for the AEE/Greenbrier Limited.

American Orient Express

Built in Dec 1972 by EMD as D&RGW 3108. Build number 72715-3, order number 72715-3. To NRE. To AEE 2 in 1992, having been rebuilt and repainted by NRE for the AEE/Greenbrier Limited.

American Orient Express

The AEE/Greenbrier Limited leased various locomotives to provide electrical HEP (head end power) to the passenger cars when the cars were pulled by locomotives that could not provide such power, including their own locomotives 1&2.

American Orient Express

The AOE and GLR never had their own locomotives for pulling the trains. AOE/GLR itineraries called for the train to traverse huge swaths of North America across many different railroads and this was best accomplished under the auspices of Amtrak. The AOE/GLR relied on whatever locomotives Amtrak had available - quite a variety over time.

American Orient Express
Built in 1981 by EMD as Amtrak 383. Build number 807050-23. Owned or leased by American Orient Express (AOE) 2003-2004. The all-but-retired locomotive was used to provide electrical head end power (HEP) for the passenger cars on trips to Canada and Mexico.
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Former Chehalis Western (later Curtis, Milburn & Eastern) C-415 switcher #684 was leased by the AOE in 1995 along with the former CMER shops at Western Junction, WA. The facility was used to repair and refurbish AOE cars. The rare centercab switcher is now on static display in Fife, WA.

NAME
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AMTRAK PRIVATE CAR
NUMBER
TYPE
CAR
AEE/AOE/GLR PAINTED CAR NOTES
American Orient Express
Built in 1956 by Pullman Standard as Seaboard Air Line 11 double bedroom sleeper 75 TALLAHASSEE. To Seaboard Coast Line 6104 in 1965. To Amtrak 2234, then Starlight Rail Co. (private) BLUEBONNET. To AOE, 9 crew bedrooms, 1 maintenance room in place of the other 2 bedrooms. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1950 by Pullman Standard as NKP sleeper/lounge 150 CITY OF CLEVELAND. To Norfolk & Western as 150 via merger, then Amtrak 3253, 5 double bedroom sleeper, same name. Later to Rail Ventures as Pacific Overland Express MONTECITO. Sold to AOE.
American Orient Express
Built in 1956 by Pullman Standard as UP 11 double bedroom sleeper PLACID WATERS. To Amtrak 2269 in 1971, then Trans-Rocky Mountain Tours. Rebuilt by AEE to become AEE 05 VIENNA with 2 Presidential suites and 7 Vintage Pullman bedrooms and given the name VIENNA. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1955 by American Car & Foundry (ACF) as UP dome/bar/lounge/blunt-end-observation 9007 CITY OF PORTLAND. To Auto-Train dome/lounge 542, to Northern Rail Car/Wisconsin Southern NORTHERN VIEW (observation platform added on one end), to Rail Ventures GLACIER PARK. Leased to AOE by Mountain Rockies Rail Tours for the AOE II train (and painted into AOE colors).
American Orient Express
Built in 1950 by Pullman Standard as C&O 11 bedroom sleeper no. 2800 HOMESTEAD. Sold to Seaboard Coast Line, then to Amtrak 2242. To G&W, then sold to Rail Ventures as BELLA VISTA with 9 bedrooms and a lounge. To AOE. Had nine parlor suites. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1950 by Pullman Standard as Baltimore & Ohio 10-6 sleeper 7054 OPEQUON. To a private owner, then to AEE 11 MONTE CARLO, rebuilt with 8 Classic Pullman bedrooms and 2 Presidential suites. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1950 by Pullman Standard as Chesapeake & Ohio 5-double bedroom-buffet-lounge obs car 2507 WOLVERINE CLUB. To the B&O as their 7501 WAWASEE. To Amtrak 3250. Later PV 'B&O painted' SAN DIEGO CLUB. Then to the Genesee & Wyoming as 3250 PRIDE OF GENESEE. Later to Rail Ventures as Pacific Overland Express MONTEREY. Then to AOE.
American Orient Express
Built in 1956 by Pullman Standard as Union Pacific PLACID LAKE, an 11 double bedroom sleeper. Given the number 1501 in 1969. To Amtrak 2263. Rebuilt for American-European Express as AEE 13 BERLIN. Car had two Presidential Suites and 7 classic Pullman single sleeper bedrooms.
American Orient Express
Built in 1950 by Pullman Standard as C&O 10-6 sleeper 2613 CITY OF STAUNTON. This car went to the Iron Horse Restaurant in Steamboat Springs, CO after they were retired by the C&O in 1970 and remained there until at least 1980. Entered service as AEE 02 WASHINGTON. Had 2 Presidential suites and 8 Vintage Pullman bedrooms. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1950 by Pullman Standard as Southern Pacific 4-2-2 sleeper 9119. To Amtrak 2831 in 1971. To AEE 03 ISTANBUL. Car had 2 Presidential suites, 2 Parlor suites, and 2 Classic Pullman bedrooms.
American Orient Express
Built in 1950 by Pullman Standard as Southern Pacific 9120 (4-4-2 sleeper) for the Cascade. To Amtrak 2382 in 1971. To AEE 04 PARIS and rebuilt with 2 Presidential suites, 2 Parlor suites, and 4 Single sleeper bedrooms. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1949 by ACF as Union Pacific 5004. To the Alaska Railroad in 1971. To American-European Express 07 ZURICH -- the first car in the fleet!.
American Orient Express
Built in 1959 by St. Louis Car (SLC) as Union Pacific 5014, a lunch counter-diner, later to the Alaska Railroad before becoming AEE 08 CHICAGO. Car seats 42 and has a small galley. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1954 by ACF as UP 14-section sleeper ALPINE MEADOW. Rebuilt as 44-seat coach UP 5548 in 1965, to Amtrak 4588 in 1973. Rebuilt as club car AEE 09 BAY POINT. Renamed SEATTLE for AOE service in 1996. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1954 by ACF as UP 14 section sleeper ALPINE VIEW. Rebuilt as 44 seat coach 5556 in 1965, to Amtrak 4596 in 1973. Sold to AEE, rebuilt as club car AEE 10 ST. MORITZ. Renamed ROCKY MOUNTAIN by AOE in 1996. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1948 by Pullman Standard as New York Central SANDY CREEK, a 5-bedroom/buffet/lounge-observation for NYC's 20th Century Limited. Number 10571 added in 1952, renumbered 10634 in 1958. Privately owned before being purchased by AEE. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1952 by SLC as US Army hospital car 89523 (may have been 89558). To Amtrak as baggage/dorm 1408, HEP added as AMTK 1628, then to AOE. Used as a kitchen/diner for crew.
American Orient Express
Built in 1956 by Pullman Standard as Union Pacific 11 double bedroom sleeper 1506 PLACID SCENE. To Amtrak in 1971 as AMTK 2235 STAR VIEW. Rebuilt with HEP as AMTK 2265, then to AOE. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1950 by Budd as Southern Pacific baggage/dorm car 3103. Transferred to SP subsidiary T&NO 301, then back to SP before going to Amtrak 1531. HEP rebuild as AMTK 1622, then to AOE. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1960 by SLC as UP coach 5490. To Amtrak 4555 in 1971, HEP added as AMTK 4619. Rebuilt by Colorado Railcar as an 8 Grand Suites/1 single bedroom sleeper in 2001. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1960 by SLC as UP 5500 (44 seat coach). To Amtrak 4560 in 1971, then HEP rebuild as AMTK 4607. Rebuilt by Colorado Railcar as an 8 Grand Suites, 1 single bedroom sleeper in 2001. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1955 by Budd for the Great Northern's Empire Builder as a coach/bar/lounge full dome. GN 1392 MOUNTAIN VIEW until 1970, then BN 1392 at merger. To Amtrak 9362. Rebuilt with HEP as AMTK 9301 in 1985. Renumbered 10030 in 1998. Sold to AOE in 2002.
American Orient Express
Built in 1955 by Budd as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy coach/bar/lounge full dome 1395 RIVER VIEW. To BN 1395 via merger, then Amtrak 9365 in 1971. Rebuilt with HEP and renumbered 9302 in 1984. Sold to AOE in 2001 for the AOE II.
American Orient Express
Built in 1956 by Pullman Standard as UP LA GRANDE, a 5-bedroom/buffet/lounge. The lounge was known as the Redwood Club. Rebuilt in 1965 as 11 bedroom sleeper STAR RANGE. UP number 1704 added in 1969. To Amtrak 2253 in 1971, rebuilt with HEP as AMTK 2233, purchased by AOE in 2002.
American Orient Express
Built in 1964 by SLC as Union Pacific 5539, a 44-seat leg-rest coach. To Amtrak 4579 in 1971, rebuilt with HEP as AMTK 4624. Rebuilt by Colorado Railcar as an 8 Grand Suites/1 single bedroom sleeper in 2001. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1960 by SLC as Union Pacific 5494, a 44-seat leg-rest coach. To Amtrak 4557, then HEP AMTK 4606. Rebuilt by Colorado Railcar as an 8 Grand Suites/1 single bedroom sleeper in 2001. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1956 by Budd as CB&Q 454 SILVER PELICAN, a 6-5 sleeper. To Amtrak 2204 in 1971. Amtrak redesignated the compartments making (at least on paper) an 11-bedroom sleeper. HEP as AMTK 2222, then to AOE. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1956 by Pullman Standard as UP NORTH PLATTE, a 5-bedroom/buffet/lounge . Rebuilt as 11-bedroom sleeper STAR SCENE in 1965. UP number 1705 added in 1969. To Amtrak 2254 in 1971, rebuilt with HEP as AMTK 2234. To AOE. Had 9 Classic Pullman bedrooms. In regular GLR service to the end.
American Orient Express
Built in 1953 by ACF as Union Pacific 5106, later 5112. Semi-permanently attached to JASPER (see below) as a Galley/Diner combo.. To Great Western Tours as 112 NOMAD. To Supper Chief. To Cape Cod Central. To BC Rail as 1704 D'ARCY. To AOE on lease from 2002 to 2004 to equip the AOE II train.
American Orient Express
Built in 1953 by ACF as UP diner 5106, later UP 5113. To Great Western Tours. To Supper Chief. To Cape Cod Central To BCRail 1741 STRATHNAVER for their Whistler Northwind service. The car has been connected by drawbar to galley car VANCOUVER for its entire life. To AOE on lease from 2002 to 2004 to equip the AOE II train.
American Orient Express
Built in 1956 by Pullman Standard as 5-bedroom/buffet/lounge UP CHEYENNE. Rebuilt in 1965 as 11 bedroom sleeper. UP number 1702 added in 1969. To Amtrak 2251, then HEP'd as AMTK 2231 STAR CREST. To AOE. In regular GLR service to the end.
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TYPE
CAR
OTHER CAR NOTES
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Whether leased or owned, these cars never received the beautiful AEE/AOE paint scheme.
GLACIER PARK was the only leased car to get AOE paint. It is listed above.
A former Transcisco Tours baggage/power car in red and blue livery leased(?) for use with AEE locomotives 1&2 to provide HEP to the passenger cars, as the locomotives were not capable of doing so. If you have any info on or a better picture of this car, please email.
Auto-Train 700 Dome Coach
Built in 1954 by ACF as Union Pacific 7000 as a 36-seat dome-coach. Then to Auto-Train 700 in 1972 and remodeled as a dome/56-seat coach. Planned to be rebuilt for AOE II, but full domes did the job. Gutted, in primer, and stored off trucks in Fort Lupton, CO at the end of the Grandluxe Express service, August 2008. Sold to private owner and stored.
Built in 1954 by ACF as Union Pacific 9011 for the Challenger name train. Then to Auto-Train 910 in 1972 and rebuilt to AT 543 in 1973. To Anbel as ANBX 2050 at AT auction in 1981. To private party in 1993. To AOE in 1998 and stored, but never used by AOE. To Wisconsin Southern in 2005.
Amtrak 9384
LINOMA
Dome Lounge
Built in 1948 by Budd as C&O 1877, a dome lounge. To DRGW 1250 and converted for mid-train use (1949). To Autoliner 200 LINOMA. To Amtrak 9384 LINOMA via lease in 1974. To Hilton Corp/Chattanooga ChooChoo Hotel in 1976. To Holiday Inn in 1984. To Tennessee Valley RR Museum in 1994. To ITA 1996, To AOE in 1999, but never refurbished for use by AOE. To Mid America Railcar Leasing in 2005. To private party in 2006.
DIAMOND LAKE
800018
Lounge Diner
Built in 1954 by Pullman Standard as GTW 898 DIAMOND LAKE . Later CNR/VIA 898 in a buffet-parlor configuration. Sold in 1983 to R. Leipprandt of Lansing, MI, then later that year to Trans Rocky Mountain Rail Corp, Bozeman, MT. To AEE 12, but never ran with the train. Never painted in AOE colors.
Auto-Train 808 Dome Diner
Built in 1955 by ACF as UP 8009, a 46-seat dome-diner. To Auto-Train 808 in 1973. To Dixie RR. To Domeliner Tours. This car was leased by AOE for the 1997 season to increase capacity -- and to experiment with a dome car, as had been done in 1996 with NORTHERN SKY. Never painted in AOE colors. Later to RCA. To KCS in 2005.
American Orient Express
Built in 1948 by Pullman Standard as Frisco CIMARRON RIVER, a 14-4 sleeper for their Meteor. This car was leased by AOE for the 1996 season to fill in for the PACIFIC STAR crew sleeper, which was being worked on. Never painted AOE colors.
American Orient Express
A Rail Ventures car used in the very beginning of the AEE while their own cars were being refurbished. Never painted AEE/AOE, but refurbished at Panama City, FL with the same interior designs and treatments as AEE cars.
PALM LEAF
800237
Sleeper
Built by ACF in 1951 as Santa Fe 1604, a 10-6 sleeper. To Amtrak 2753 in 1971. To private owner in 1981. Leased for use on AEE/Greenbrier Limited after some AEE cars were damaged in a mishap.
PLACID BAY
800249
Sleeping Car
Built in 1956 by Pullman Standard as UP PLACID BAY. Given the number 1501 in 1969. Originally an 11 double bedroom car. To Amtrak 2260. To AEE 06. To Kasten Rail Cars. To KCS 3002 (temp number), stored at New Orleans 2009.
800256
Sleeping Car
Built in 1950 by Pullman Standard as C&O 2636 10-6 sleeper CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS. Like WASHINGTON (above), this car went to the Iron Horse Restaurant in Steamboat Springs, CO after they were retired by the C&O in 1970 and remained there until at least 1980. Acquired by AEE to become AEE 01, but used only for parts. Never painted AEE/AOE.
SUPER DOME
800265
Dome Lounge
Built in 1952 by Pullman Standard as CMSP&P (Milwaukee Road) Super Dome 58. Then to Amtrak 9382. To private owners and named SUPER DOME (Amtrak private car #800265). Ran as Chessie Safety Express #20. To AOE in August 1998. Stored in Denver, then Washington state. Never used by AOE -- rusted beyond economical repair and scrapped in November 2009.
BATON ROUGE
800319
Sleeping Car
Built in 1953 by Pullman Standard as IC 11DB sleeper 3500 BATON ROUGE. To AEE in 1990 and later AOE. This car is now KCS 1810 San Luis Potosi.
American Orient Express
Built in 1948 by Budd as 3-bedroom/1-drawing-room/bar/lounge/dome observation for the CB&Q on the California Zephyr. Later BN 377. To Amtrak in 1971 as 9252. To a private individual in 1985. To Rail Journeys West in June 2002. Leased by AOE from August to November 2002 to provide an observation car for the AOE II train, but not painted into AOE colors.
American Orient Express
A Rail Ventures car used in the very beginning of the AEE while their own cars were being refurbished. Never painted AEE/AOE, but refurbished at Panama City, FL with the same interior designs and treatments as AEE cars. Built in 1942 by Pullman-Standard as sleeper IMPREIAL DRIVE for the Union Pacific. Later reconfigured toa busines car with an open platform.
American Orient Express
Built in 1949 by Budd as NYC 6DB buffet lounge. Leased by AOE for the 2002 season.
American Orient Express
Built in 1948 by Pullman Standard as FEC 10-roomette 6DB sleeper ARGENTINA. Leased by AOE for the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
LONDON
800562
Baggage
Power
Gym
Built in 1949 by ACF as Union Pacific baggage/dormitory 6008, modified to boiler/baggage/dormitory 301 in 1962, sold to Northern Rail Car in 1989, sold to AEE in 1991, assigned the name LONDON, but never lettered with the name. Never painted in AOE colors. This car contained a generator intended to allow the AEE to stop using rented locomotives to provide head-end power for the passenger cars. The car also had (or would have had) a health club. Please email if you know more or have a photo of the train with any power car.
American Orient Express
Built in 1955 by ACF as UP 9003, a dome/bar/lounge/blunt-end-observation. To Auto-Train 903 in 1973. To Northern Railcar in 1992. This car was leased by AOE for the 1996 season to increase capacity -- and to experiment with a dome car. Never painted in AOE colors.
AMERICAN SPIRIT
800723
Dome Coach
Built in 1955 by Budd as GN 1325, a 46-seat dome-coach. Later BN 4605, then Amtrak 9465, then 9409 (HEP). To Montana Rockies Daylight in 1996 (assigned Amtrak 800723). To RailQuest America 2001. Leased to AOE summer and fall 2004 as AOEX 800723. Never painted into AOE colors. Sometimes used on the tail of the AOE. To CN in 2005.
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Acknowledgments
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Research resources include: John Finnin, Michael M. Palmieri, Jody Moore & The Ultradome Experience, John Raina, Nicholas L. Pitsch, Karl Zimmermann, Jerry LaBoda's Passenger Car Photo Index, Carl Morrison, Revelation Audio-Visuals, Marty Bernard, Pierre Fournier, Garland Harper, John Arbuckle, Bill Farmer, Don Stack's comprehensive UtahRails.net website, G. Gerard, Matt Petersen, Edward Kerns II, Mary Jayne & John Z. Rowe, CC Rails, John H. Kuehl, Web Lurker's Dome.main. Many thanks to all who have contributed to keeping track of the histories of the equipment of the AEE, AOE & GLR!
 
     
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