NP 460 DINER CAR (currently Amtrak 8509)

September 8, The Amtrak approved trucks have been installed with the brakes overhauled. However one brake part failed the final test and needs replacement. We expect to see in in our yard by early February 2020.

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


As of July 30th the trucks were loaded and on their way to Beech Grove, Indiana.  

At the beginning of the year we were notified that a lot of retired Amtrak diner cars were up for bid.  A delegation went to Beech Grove, Indiana to view the cars that were for sale.  The Amtrak  8509, formerly NP 460 was chosen as it was the most original of the 4 ex-NP diners availableThe downside was the original trucks had been removed and the shop trucks were not BNSF certifiable.  We won the bid and have been searching for new trucks to bring this diner home.  Fortunately we have 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, David Pankey and David Grillo have donated much of their time to make these trucks happen. John Clark will install the new trucks in Indiana so that by fall we can expect to see our new diner car to arrive.

This truck is being removed from the NP 581.  New jack-pads were installed for this purpose.  Dennis was rarely alone as Pankey, Doug, and Jerry were usually around to help out.  Dave Grillo has put a lot of time in as well making a new set of spacer pads.

July 12, the brakes have all been overhauled and now the stabilizer  bars are being rebuilt


The pictures below were taken by Dave Grillo and Doug Shearer when they went to Beech Grove to bid on the cars.