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Date: 06/07/24 11:01
Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: scraphauler

The Aberdeen Carolina & Western took their collection of refurbished cars along with the newest toys, The 87 Locomotive Bar and Transfer Caboose, to the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst NC today in preparation for next week's US Open.   Train is seen passing through Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, 2 miles from it's destination at the Resort.   Video spoiler alert - you will see that the invited guests are in fact riding on the roof top bars of the caboose and repurposed locomotive, dispelling the theories of some of the internet experts who proclaimed it couldn't be done when the concept was made public weeks ago.  The train will be used in Pinehurst to host a number of corporate and private events during the 124th US Open.  

According to an article in today's Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh), the USGA estimates that over $23,000,000 has already been spent by various corporate sponsors on hospitality suites scattered around the course.  The USGA also is allowing the State of North Carolina to host a hospitality suite to boost tourism and spur economic development.  As a result, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina will be hosting the top 16 national site selection consultants during the Open.  There consultants represent corporations looking to expand, relocate or start new operations, and usually play a key role in a company's final choice of where to locate.  So an event like this, with a train like this, could ultimately result in more rail related business in the state.

 

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Date: 06/07/24 11:21
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: MEKoch

new style domecar!  I like it.  



Date: 06/07/24 11:26
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: ClubCar

Wow, and double wow, as long as there are no low clearances along their line.  That is still amazing to most folks who will witness this for sure.
John in White Marsh, Maryland



Date: 06/07/24 11:44
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: jgilmore

Looks pretty cool me, I'd ride it. And look at all that shiny, sparkling glass on the windows, maybe Amtrak should hire their equipment cleaning crew, lol?

JG



Date: 06/07/24 13:07
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: ctillnc

Are the clearances adequate all the way to Charlotte in the other direction?



Date: 06/07/24 18:13
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: webmaster

They need to do something about those square wheels on the heavyweight car.

Todd Clark
Canyon Country, CA
Trainorders.com



Date: 06/07/24 20:14
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: Lackawanna484

Looks like a very cool way to travel, the penthouse version of an obs car

 



Date: 06/08/24 10:46
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: brc600

ClubCar Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Wow, and double wow, as long as there are no low
> clearances along their line.  That is still
> amazing to most folks who will witness this for
> sure.
> John in White Marsh, Maryland

What is the heritage of the equipment? Both the engines and cars? Is that a converted GE? From what? Thanks, of course!



Date: 06/08/24 13:53
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: scraphauler

brc600 Wrote:
>
> What is the heritage of the equipment? Both the
> engines and cars? Is that a converted GE? From
> what? Thanks, of course!

ACWR 103 - E9A, former SLRG 103, WSOR 10A,/522/103, ARR 2401, UP 957
ACWR 901 -Heavyweight Baggage Car - ex CSXT994361, RFP 28 - Instruction car
ACWR 801002 - PV Dome Car "Menzies Vista"  ACWR Owner's PV -  Union Pacific Heritage
ACWR 402 - Canopy Car - converted from a flat car - L&N heritage of flat I've hear, but not sure.  Box area has beer taps, restroom.
ACWR 7014 - Heavyweight Diner/Lounge "Pinehurst"  - Pullman - formerly named "Defender",  Used to operate on excursions in Baltimore area on Chessie when owned by B&O Museum.  First car ACWR Restored
ACWR 301/302 - Budd Twin Diner.  My understanding is that its PC(PRR) 4624/4625.  However, there are a couple social media "experts" who say it's Ex Auto Train/SCL, originally ordered new by C&O.  It's decorated in a PRR motif, so I'm sticking with PRR
ACWR 401 - Patio Car party flat - converted from a flat car, same origins as 402
ACWR 150 Mission Santa Ynez - Pullman Solarium car.  Built in 1928 originally named Minneapolis and assigned to CNW, renamed Mission Santa Ynez and reassigned to SP in 1934, sold to SP in 1957, stayed on SP then UP roster as SPMW 7117, donated by UP to Pacific Northwest NRHS, who subsequently sold to ACWR, who meticulously restored
"Transfer Caboose" - Newly built party car, built on a SBD transfer caboose 
"Engine Room 97 - The Locomotive Bar" - Newly built entertrainment platform.  Built from hulk of CSXT 656
ACWR 276 - F7B - former NS 276, NS4 276
ACWR 271 - F7A - former NS 271, NS 4271



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 06/08/24 14:05 by scraphauler.



Date: 06/08/24 14:10
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: TCnR

Whoa, the roof top conversion slides right past and requires a second click to sort it out from the caboose. Very creative.
Good catch.
t4p.



Date: 06/08/24 19:49
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: nsrlink

Thank you for sharing the video.  That entire train full of toys is really cool.



Date: 06/09/24 07:42
Re: Rooftop Party Train, Pinehurst NC 6/7/24
Author: ctillnc

According to what I've read, ACWR 7014 "Pinehurst" was built in 1912 as Glenolden 2416, a daytime Pullman car for service on the PRR (10-seat parlor restaurant lounge). Rebuilt 1933 as a 26-seat parlor and 1 drawing room amd renamed The Defender 7014. 

Rode this car on one of the Valentine Day's dinner specials four months ago. 



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