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Pacific Union Sleeper Car

American Rail Excursions, Inc. is proud to present another addition to our fine family of beautifully restored shining stainless steel streamlined cars, Pacific Union. The Pacific Union is a 1950 Budd built stainless steel classic 10-6 sleeper that operated on Union Pacific’s Chicago to the west coast “City” trains. Prior to Pacific Union entering into “private car” service in 1996, it underwent a heavy mechanical overhaul.

Some new additional upgrades include the installation of a new stainless steel shower and changing area. A stainless steel buffet area has also been added complete with sink, coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave oven for snack and beverage service.

Its art-deco interior and exterior harmonize with other cars in our fleet to provide a matched “streamliner” when combined.

Pacific Union’s 6 double bedrooms provide guests with a large sofa, table and a private annex (washroom with a toilet, sink and mirror) or a small sofa, comfortable lounge chair, comfortable sleeping accommodations with two beds, one upper and one lower.

Another feature is that all six of Pacific Union’s bedrooms are ensuitable in which the room divider walls may be folded down to form one larger room (suite) accommodating up to four guests. Pacific Union also features 10 roomettes. Roomettes are smaller bedrooms for single occupancy. Roomettes feature a small couch, overhead luggage rack, closet for hanging garments, fold down sink, illuminated oversize wall mirror, door mirror and in-room toilet. By night, this space-thrifty room converts into a bedroom with the bed folding out of the wall. A general bathroom is located across the hall from the shower. Stereo tape player provides the entertainment. Pacific Union is self-sufficient in every way.

Some additional functional modifications include:

  • Full under car freeze protection for winter use
  • Full retention for all six double bedrooms, four roomettes and one general toilet, which includes 11 new Microphor toilets
  • Electric baseboard heat throughout the car with individual thermostats for each room
  • Air conditioning with individual room controls
  • A newly constructed full-size stainless steel shower with changing area


A 65KW Stadco generator and automatic transfer switch have also been added to ensure our guests will always have electrical power, even if the rest of the train does not. The 250 gallon fuel capacity will guarantee many hours of uninterrupted comfort.

Another enhancement to Pacific Union is the newly installed stainless steel buffet area. The buffet features stainless steel cabinets for food and utensil storage, a sink, microwave oven, refrigerator and automatic coffee maker.

In-car enhancements include:

  • New carpeting throughout the car
  • New upholstery on the couches and chairs
  • New linens and towels
  • Some new solid oak folding tables were created for each room
  • Newly installed CD and cassette players for your listening pleasure

Pacific Union is one of the highest-capacity, privately-owned, Amtrak-certified sleeping cars operating today.


  • 6 Double Bedrooms (each with its own private annex toilet and sink)
  • 10 Roomettes (each has its own fold-down sink, four currently have private toilets)
  • Sleeps 22 people
  • All 6 double bedrooms ensuite
  • Full-size stainless steel shower and changing room
  • 500 Gallon Fresh Water Supply
  • Full retention with 11 Microphor toilets
  • Fully FRA 233 Glazing and Emergency Exit Windows
  • Stereo Cassette and CD Player
  • Stainless steel buffet with sink, microwave, refrigerator/freezer and automatic coffee maker
  • 65KW Stadco generator with 250 gallon fuel capacity
  • Full freeze protection for winter use
  • Fully Amtrak Certified and Compatible (Can operate anywhere on train)


Future Upgrades:
Remaining roomette toilets to be installed with full retention