Frank Thomson (800110)
Identical to the Mountain View and Tower view observation lounge cars on the famous Broadway Limited, Frank Thomson’s spacious lounge seats 25 passengers, with original lounge chairs in the observation lounge. The car has updated table seating for 8, USB and standard outlets throughout, XM radio for uninterrupted listening coast to coast, and a fully equipped and enlarged kitchen capable of cooking full service meals in the finest railroad traditions. Updated bedrooms include a double bedroom with sofa berth, a compartment with two beds and a private lavatory, and two drawing rooms converted to master bedrooms. Each master bedroom contains a full size twin bed, an upper berth, a sitting area with two Pullman chairs, a custom bookcase and dresser, and private lavatory facilities. The car also has a restroom for lounge passengers, a shower, air conditioning, floor heat, overhead heat, freeze protection, a self contained generator, and is Amtrak certified for operation at speeds up to 110 MPH. The professional crew of Keystone Pullman Rail Tours is ready to welcome you aboard for a memorable experience catered to your needs.
Built in 1949 by Pullman-Standard for the Pennsylvania Railroad as sleeper-lounge-observation 8423 FRANK THOMSON. It was one of seven cars in the lot, and was the premier car on flagship trains such as the Spirit of St. Louis, Cincinnati Limited, and Liberty Limited. The comfortable cocktail lounge has undoubtedly hosted many of the famous and well heeled travelers of the 1950’s and retains much of the historic atmosphere. PRR re-assigned the car as a parlor car between New York and Washington, D.C. as long distance train travel dwindled. Eventually, the car was sold into private ownership and fell into disrepair. The car was rescued from scrapping; after significant structural rebuild, it entered private car service on Amtrak in the early 2000’s.
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