A key part of Union Pacific's public relations programs, 48 historic passenger cars, three restored steam locomotives and an A-B-A set of E9 diesels make up the famed Heritage Fleet. Many were originally purchased for the City Streamliners, and have been carefully restored and updated to full operating condition. Today, the cars and E9s are finished in a modern Armour Yellow scheme, and the cars carry names of important cities, famous trains and key people in the railroad's long history. In service, these rolling goodwill ambassadors travel system-wide and beyond, to attend a wide range of public and special events every year.
- Perfect for fan trip and excursion service
- UP excursion schemes
- Factory-printed car names, numbers and full-color graphics as appropriate
- Factory-installed grab irons
- Prototypically accurate window tinting
- Correct 36" turned metal RP-25 wheels
- Proto MAX(TM) metal knuckle couplers
PLEASE NOTE: As these cars are the correct prototype length and feature full underbody detail to match the prototypes, a minimum 24" radius is recommended for operation.
Delivered new in October of 1962, car #5779 saw regular service as a postal-storage car through December of 1971. Over the years, the car served as part of the excursion and executive fleets, before being converted to a museum car named "Western Star" in 1990. The car was the first to carry the "Promontory" name from 1993 to 2009, when a large US flag decal was applied and the name removed. The inteior walls are covered with carpeting so that historical displays can be changed as needed, and also serves as an exercise car when it isn't needed for displays.