Dining with a side of Scenery

Car 1234

Built by Budd as a baggage car for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in 1953 and numbered 3536. Conveyed to Amtrak in 1971 and numbered 1050. Converted to Head-End Power from Steam Heat in January 1978 and renumbered 1234. The car was used on various Amtrak routes from 1971 to approximately 2012 when it was retired and stored long term at the Beechgrove Amtrak yard in Indianapolis Indiana. It was sold at auction in early 2019 to Brian Collins and Bill Thomas for use on the Cincinnati Dinner Train. During the first half of 2020 the car was converted to a power car for the Cincinnati Dinner Train. It had a Cummins 230KW Generator installed along with a Kohler 250KW generator as a backup unit. A bulkhead wall was installed so as to create a toolroom along with an air compressor and a large diesel fuel tank. The car now serves as the main power source for the dinner train and is internally referred to by the name “Brutus”.

Be aware that with the closure of the Norwood Lateral this Spring, you may need to plan an alternate route to get to the Dinner Train before departure at 6PM. We cannot hold the train for late arrivals due to rail line timetables. Thanks!