PHOTo: Bruce Schwierske

PHOTo: Bruce Schwierske

Photo: Mike Slay

Photo: Mike Slay


THE PUGET SOUND


Built in 1955 for the Great Northern Railway by The Budd Company, the Puget Sound (GN-1323) traveled the Empire Builder route between Chicago, Seattle & Portland.  It later did service on Amtrak’s western routes (Amtrak 9463) until retired in 1985.  It was acquired by the current owners in the late 1990’s and was completely refurbished in 2001.  Owned by Puget Sound Inc. the rail car has been in private and charter service since then.   Owned by Puget Sound Inc. with overlapping ownership with Sierra Hotel Railway Inc., the Puget Sound was originally designed to run with the Sierra Hotel and the two cars complement each other nicely with the rear platform and copious lounge space in the Sierra Hotel, and the larger bedrooms with their own shower and toilet on the Puget Sound. 

More about the rail car can be found at the website: www.pugetsoundrailcar.com