Pacific Railroad Society maintains several railroad cars that were acquired directly from the railroad companies and are maintained in historically-accurate condition. We have active and retired railroad employees who keep the cars in good condition. The cars are used in excursions, and are displayed for free public tours at annual train events at LA Union Station, National Train Day, Fullerton Rail Days, San Bernardino Railroad Days, and at the Union Pacific Yard for their employees. PRS was one of the founding members of the American Association of Private Car Owners (AAPRCO) and is one the few non-profits to own and operate its own railcars. 

During the high point of the Society's private car operations, in 1977, we operated seven cars on a special train through Mexico. The Society is extremely proud that, in spite of continual and increasing challenges, it remains one of the very few charitable membership organizations to maintain its own cars. 

The National Forum

Pacific Railroad Society owns a 1956 Pullman sleeping car, the National Forum, which we have continued to maintain in accordance with Amtrak's standards so it can be used on excursions. PRS is dedicated to continuing to use this historically-important car on excursions so that members and younger generations can experience what it was like to ride in a typical sleeping car of the 1950's.  Click here for a fact sheet.

The Descanso Funeral Car

Pacific Railroad Society owns the former Los Angeles Railway streetcar, Descanso, which is believed to be the only preserved funeral car in the country.  The Descanso was completely restored to its 1909 splendor by Society members. The Descanso is currently on display at the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, California.

6101 - Cajon Pass

This Dorm/Lounge was one of a large order of diners and lounges placed by the Union Pacific for 1949 delivery, and operated regularly until February 1971.  The cars replaced heavyweight cars on most of the principal trains system- wide.  Pacific Railroad Society purchased the car in 1972.  In addition to the lounge section which seats 38, the car has a snack bar and three dormitory rooms which sleep a total of 14.  The Cajon Pass is currently in Fullerton on long term lease to the Southern California Railway Plaza Association.

The GE Locomotive

PRS owns a 1941 General Electric switch engine used consecutively by the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. This engine is used to move cars around at our Dart storage facility in East Los Angeles.

The Locomotive was donated by US Marine Corps, El Toro, to Pacific Railroad Society and delivered on March 16, 1988. Built in 1941 by General Electric serial #15060. Rebuilt at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah in 1953. Powered by two 150 hp Cummings diesel engines.  USMC number was 262098, original builders #7199 reapplied. Total weight of the locomotive is 90,000 pounds. 

The Shasta Daylight Coach

Pacific Railroad Society owns this 48-seat coach which was built with extra large picture windows for service on the Southern Pacific's new Shasta Daylight train inaugurated in 1949 for service between Oakland, CA and Portland, OR.  The car was known only as 'No. 2397' until it was renamed 'Shasta Springs' by the Society. The car is currently on display at the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, California.

5001 - Starlight Cafe

Food service cars built immediately after World War II were designed for elegant, full-service dining. But by the late 1950's, passengers clamored for a lower cost food service option and in late 1958 and early 1959, Union Pacific decided to rebuild its 5000 series diner-lounge cars into lunch counter cars. The rebuilt cars had a lounge capacity of 16, a lunch counter with seating for 8, and dining tables that seated 24. Pacific Railroad Society purchased the 5001 in 1970 and renamed it 'Starlight Cafe.'  It is currently in Fullerton on long term lease to the Southern California Railway Plaza Association.

6697 - The Baggage Car

In 1959-1960, Southern Pacific Railroad received 100 streamlined baggage cars to replace its aging fleet of heavyweight baggage cars. The 6600 series had two doors on each side. Steel bars were attached to the interior of the car over the windows on the side doors.The cars were not utilized to carry passenger's baggage but were mainly utilized to carry mail and other express business. Baggage Car 6697 is used as the Pacific Railroad Society's rolling stock workshop. 

The Hi-Level

Photo by Vince Cammarano 

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