April 28-2020 The coronavirius has put its hex on the move. However our lead mechanic has flown back to make the final test. If all goes well we may see it by summer.


At the beginning of the year we were notified that retired Amtrak diner cars were up for bid.  A delegation went to Beech Grove to view the cars that were for sale.  The Amtrak  8509, formerly NP 460 had a low price as the trucks under the diner were not BNSF certified.  We won the bid and proceeded to get new trucks to bring this diner home.  We had the proper certified trucks on the NP 581 when it was brought to the museum last year, but they needed to be rebuilt before being sent back to Beech Grove to be remounted on the NP 460.  Dennis Lee donated much of his time to make these trucks happen.  By early summer 2020 we can expect to see our new diner car arrive.

Picture to the left is the NP 460 in June 1971 in the lowey green paint job, the official color scheme of the North Coast Limited.  picture by Dan Perkins

Below are pictures as we saw it in Beech Grove

Pictures above by Dick Lenoheardt, Jan 27, 2010 at Culpepper VA.