The Spirit of St. Louis in Louisville – WDRB 41 TV


It is an early morning in Louisville, Kentucky and the Spirit of St. Louis is visited by Keith Kaiser of WDRB 41 television as the train is parked near Lannan Park.

Enjoy these video segments as Keith visits aboard the Dearing with Taylor Johnson and Borden Black, the Sierra Hotel with Bob Donnelly and the Pacific Sands with Doug Spinn.


Spirit of St. Louis – More from Cincinnati


From the Cincinnati Enquirer by Patrick Reddy –

A train comprised of 20 vintage railroad cars built between 1923 and the 1950’s is stopped on the tracks just east of Montgomery Inn Boathouse. The train, pulled by an early 1990’s “Heritage” diesel locomotive, is bound for St.Louis and the convention of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners.


David Hoffman, left, owner of the domed car Northern Sky – a 1952 sleeper-loung-dome car – talks with Jeffrey Galani.

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The Caritas, built by Pullman in 1948 as a 14 roomette, and four bedroom sleeper now sports an Art Deco paint job and the interior has been re-configured to include one master bedroom and four standard bedrooms.


Jack Sprung, left, and Al Walker, car attendants on a 1948 Pullman sleeper car, talk in the narrow corridor of the car.


Interior of a 1925 Platform Office Car.


Place setting aboard a 1925 Platform Office Car.


Exterior of a Pullman “half-dome” car.


A train comprised of 20 vintage railroad cars built between 1923 and the 1950’s is stopped on the tracks just east of Montgomery Inn Boathouse.

Videos of the Spirit of St. Louis from 9/27/15


A fine assortment of private cars in Chicago, many getting ready for the Spirit of St. Louis 2015 AAPRCO Convention train. Photo by Seth Reynolds, from the AAPRCO Facebook Page.

With the first day of the trip to St. Louis behind, enjoy some videos from Youtube of the train en route to Cincinnati!

First up, a view at Muncie, Indiana:


At Hamilton, Ohio:

At Reading, Ohio on the Indiana and Ohio Railway:

And another view at Reading:

And from Camden, Ohio with pacing of the train and arrival into Cincinnati:

More videos to come!

Louie, the St. Louis Bear


Continuing a tradition of many AAPRCO specials, Borden Black shares the adventures of Louie, the St. Louis Bear, as he heads for Chicago aboard the Dearing to join the 2015 AAPRCO Spirit of St. Louis. Seen above, Louie relaxes with Jack Heard before leaving Jacksonville.


Louie safely aboard the Dearing as the trip to Chicago begins.


A fine dinner of shrimp and grits! Louie is full now…


Arrived in Chicago, Louie waits for the trip to the coach yard.


Louie safe with a seat by the window to oversee the necessities along the way of the Spirit of St. Louis.

Burrard, Promontory Point and Suitsme headed to Chicago

Things are getting busy as cars head to Chicago for the start of the 2015 AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis.

From Youtube, user A. Train:

The eastbound “California Zephyr” passes through a rural railroad crossing east of Agency, Iowa on September 24, 2015. Amtrak train #6 has been routed onto Main 1 today. This track is usually reserved for westbound trains.

The first car on this train is the heritage baggage car AMTK 1206. These baggage cars don’t have much time left, as Amtrak is currently replacing them with new ones. This one started its life working for the Santa Fe Railway as ATSF 3504 after being built by the Budd Company in 1953. On a normal day, a heritage baggage car would easily be the oldest car on the train, but that’s not the case this time.

On the end of this “Zephyr” are three private cars. The first one is the Canadian National touring car “Burrard.” The second one is the Central Pacific (former Union Pacific) “Promontory Point.” It was originally built for the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad. The last varnish is the “Suitsme” Pullman business car which first belonged to the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad.

After #6 passes the crossing, it goes over a BNSF defect detector. Its report is eventually heard over the radio scanner.

Amtrak 46 GE P42DC
Amtrak 130 GE P42DC
1206 baggage car
39029 transition dormitory
31043 baggage-coach
34058 coach
34024 coach
33035 sightseer lounge
38059 dining car
32006 sleeping car
32064 sleeping car
32075 sleeping car
PPCX 800591 (ex-CN 1098) “Burrard” touring car
PPCX 800724 (ex-UP 105) “Promontory Point” business car
PPCX 800998 (ex-BAR 100) “Suitsme” business car


2015 AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis



The 2015 AAPRCO Convention is being held in St Louis, MO, October 2nd through 4th. For details on the convention, click here.

The following is the schedule and consist of the convention train, the Spirit of St. Louis:


TRIP: Sunday, September 27, 2015 to Monday, October 5, 2015 Total Mileage: 1,239


SUN, SEP 27 ( Day 1 ) TRAIN 950 Chicago, IL – Cincinnati, OH

AR CHICAGO 4:30 AM Position train in CUS no later than this time
PS 81st STREET 5:25 AM Via NS Line (former NKP) Calumet Yard
PS FORT WAYNE, IN 9:15 AM Via NS Line to Muncie, IN
AR MILL 2:00 PM Interchange with IORY Railroad on Vaughn Connection, then continue to Boathouse with Cincinnati Railway pilots
AR UNDERCLIFF YARD 3:00 PM Train will be cut on Main to allow Cincinnati Railway loco
to add private car Oliver Hazard Perry behind 10th car in consist, then recouple train and proceed to Boathouse
AR BOATHOUSE 4:00 PM Layover alongside Ohio River at Boathouse, Oasis Sub,
MON, SEP 28 ( Day 2 ) Cincinnati, OH – Layover
Off-train passenger activities

TUE, SEP 29 ( Day 3 ) TRAIN 951 Cincinnati, OH – Louisville, KY

DP BOATHOUSE 5:00 AM Assemble train; two (2) Cincinnati Railway locomotives will pull train back to NS Sharonville Yard at Mill
DP MILL 7:30 AM Depart NS Sharonville Yard, pass NS Gest Yard, then
operate via CNO&TP (NS) Rat Hole Line
PS DANVILLE, KY 12:00 PM Via NS Louisville Line
AR LOUISVILLE 7:00 PM Layover in NS Yard, North 30th St. & Garfield Ave.

WED, SEP 30 ( Day 4 ) Louisville, KY – Layover
Off-train passenger activities

THU, OCT 1 ( Day 5 ) TRAIN 955 Louisville, KY – St. Louis, MO

PS EAST ST. LOUIS, MO 7:00 PM Interchange with Terminal Railroad in Madison Yard, then
continue to Union Station, St. Louis, with Terminal RR pilots
AR ST. LOUIS UNION STA. 8:00 PM Wye train & back train into Union Station, breaking train
into four drafts occupying four (4) tracks; each draft will be placed on ground power

FRI, OCT 2 ( Day 6 ) St. Louis, MO – Layover
AAPRCO Convention Day 1

SAT, OCT 3 ( Day 7 ) St. Louis, MO – Layover
AAPRCO Convention Day 2

SUN, OCT 4 ( Day 8 ) St. Louis, MO – Layover
AAPRCO Convention Day 3

MON, OCT 5 ( Day 9 ) TRAIN 954 St. Louis, MO – Chicago, IL

ST. LOUIS UNION STA. 7:00 AM Assemble train for departure
DP ST. LOUIS UNION STA. 9:00 AM Via BNSF Mississippi River Line

CONSIST: Power: Two (2) Amtrak P-42 Locos (Back to Back)
Cars: 1) Pvt Car – 800064 Dagny Taggart (Round end forward)
2) Pvt Car – 800709 Greenwich Harbor
3) Pvt Car – 800738 Greenwich Estates
4) Pvt Car – 800046 J. Pinkney Henderson
5) Pvt Car – 800464 Wisconsin
6) Pvt Car – 800588 Northern Sky (Observation end forward)
7) Pvt Car – 800710 Northern Dreams
8) Pvt Car – 800744 Silver Star
9) Pvt Car – 800069 Cimarron River
10) Pvt Car – 800045 Caritas
11) Pvt Car – 800482 Oliver Hazard Perry (Added to consist at Cincinnati)
12) Pvt Car – 800736 Birch Grove
13) Pvt Car – 800203 Moonlight Dome
14) Pvt Car – 800591 Burrard
15) Pvt Car – 800029 Dearing
16) Pvt Car – 800355 Pacific Sands
17) Pvt Car – 800165 Kansas
18) Pvt Car – 800275 Sierra Hotel
19) Pvt Car – 800724 Promontory Point
20) Pvt Car – 800998 Suitsme

(Note: All cars, other than Cars 1 & 6, should be placed with platform/observation ends trailing)

Check back for more information, photos and videos as they become available.

Also, check out the AAPRCO Facebook page for more information.