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A heritage fleet diner on the Lake Shore Limited at Buffalo-Depew station in 2004. This car was originally New York Central No. 452, part of a set of 17 grill-diners built by the Budd Company in 1947.   By Himsing at English Wikipedia - Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7324679

An Amtrak Heritage Fleet baggage car at El Paso's Union Station in September of 2014.

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Heritage Fleet Passenger Cars
Heritage Fleet was a program started by Amtrak in 1977 to convert its older, mainly streamlined, cars from steam heating to head end power. Head end power conversions were performed at Amtrak's Beech Grove Shops, outside of Indianapolis. The program was completed by the mid-1980s.

Most Heritage Fleet cars have been retired from Amtrak service.

History
The rebuild cost $300,000 per car. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway handled the conversion of the Hi-Levels in its Topeka, Kansas shops.

Several Heritage cars are still in use, mostly baggage cars, and dining cars on the single-level trains serving the Eastern U.S. out of New York City. The "Pacific Parlour" Hi-Level lounges are still used on the Coast Starlight. One former Great Northern Railway full-length dome car is occasionally used on special trains. The dining cars and baggage cars are intended to be retired by the Viewliner order that was placed in 2010, with delivery starting in 2014.

Amtrak Heritage Fleet Roster

Fleet numbers: 1000–1006   
Type: Baggage
Builder: NSC
Year built: 1957–1958
Number built: 7

Fleet numbers: 1127   
Type: Baggage
Builder: ACF
Year built: 1950
Number built: 1

Fleet numbers: 1126, 1128–1136, 1175–1177   
Type: Baggage
Builder: P-S
Year built: 1947–1957
Number built: 13

Fleet numbers: 1137–1138  
Type: Baggage
Builder: ACF
Year built: 1956
Number built: 2

Fleet numbers: 1139   
Type: Baggage
Builder: StLC
Year built: 1962
Number built: 1

Fleet numbers: 1140–1158   
Type: Baggage
Builder: ACF
Year built: 1946–1947
Number built: 13

Fleet numbers: 1159–1174   
Type: Baggage
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1947–1953
Number built: 16

Fleet numbers: 1178–1195    
Type: Baggage
Builder: StLC
Year built: 1952–1954
Number built: 17
Notes: Rebuilt from Baggage Dormitories and Lounges

Fleet numbers: 1203–1249   
Type: Baggage
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1953–1957
Number built: 46

Fleet numbers: 1250–1272   
Type: Baggage
Builder: ACF
Year built: 1950–1954
Number built: 23

Fleet numbers: 1350–1379   
Type: Short Baggage
Builder: StLC
Year built: 1953
Number built: 30

Fleet numbers: 1450–1455    
Type: Baggage Dormitory
Builder: StLC
Year built: 1952
Number built: 4

Fleet numbers: 1610–1617, 1628–1633    
Type: Baggage Dormitory
Builder: StLC
Year built: 1952
Number built: 14
Notes: Some renumbered from 1400 series

Fleet numbers: 1618–1627   
Type: Baggage Dormitory
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1946–1950
Number built: 9

Fleet numbers: 1700–1740    
Type: Baggage
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1950–1961
Number built: 39
Notes: Converted from 4000, 4600, 4700 series coaches

Fleet numbers: 1750–1763   
Type: Mail Car
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1950–1961
Number built: 14
Notes: Converted from lower 1700 series Baggage cars

Fleet numbers: 2050–2056
Type: Slumbercoach (16 Single, 10 Double Slumbercoach)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1949
Number built: 7

Fleet numbers: 2080–2097 
Type: Slumbercoach (24 Single, 8 Double Slumbercoach)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1956–1959
Number built: 18

Fleet numbers: 2220–2222 
Type: Sleeper (11 Bedroom)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1952–1956
Number built: 3

Fleet numbers: 2230–2235  
Type: Sleeper (11 Bedroom)
Builder: P-S
Year built: 1956
Number built: 6

Fleet numbers: 2430–2482 
Type: Sleeper (ADA 10 Roomette, 6 Bedroom)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1948–1952
Number built: 40

Fleet numbers: 2500–2524    
Type: Dormitory Lounge
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1949–1950
Number built: 25
Notes: Rebuilt from 2800-2900 series sleepers

Fleet numbers: 2871–2997
Type: Sleeper (10 Roomette, 6 Bedroom)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1949–1956
Number built: 36

Fleet numbers: 3100–3105
Type: Lounge
Builder: StLC
Year built: 1954
Number built: 6

Fleet numbers: 3106–3127   
Type: Lounge
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1948–1952
Number built: 20

Fleet numbers: 4000–4023  
Type: Coach (ADA 44 Seat)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1950–1954
Number built: 21

Fleet numbers: 4600–4626, 4646–4647  
Type: Coach (44 Seat)
Builder: StLC
Year built: 1960–1964
Number built: 29

Fleet numbers: 4627–4645, 4648–4649
Type: Coach (44 Seat)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1950–1961
Number built: 21

Fleet numbers: 4700–4742  
Type: Coach (48 Seat)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1948–1953
Number built: 43

Fleet numbers: 7000–7007 
Type: Coach (ADA 85 Seat)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1952
Number built: 8

Fleet numbers: 7600–7629 
Type: Coach (85 Seat)
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1952–1953
Number built: 29
Notes: Some cars rebuilt from 4700 series

Fleet numbers: 8500–8532 
Type: Diner
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1948–1958
Number built: 32
Notes: Some cars rebuilt from 8700 series

Fleet numbers: 8550–8559   
Type: Diner Grill
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1948–1958
Number built: 10
Notes: Rebuilt from lower 8500 series

Fleet numbers: 8600–8603 
Type: Table Car
Builder: StLC
Year built: 1960–1964
Number built: 4
Notes: Rebuilt from 4600 series

Fleet numbers: 8700–8716 
Type: Cafeteria
Builder: Budd 
Year built: 1950–1956
Number built: 12

Fleet numbers: 8750–8752  
Type: Kitchen
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1949
Number built: 3
Notes: Rebuilt from 8500 series

Fleet numbers: 9300–9302 
Type: Dome Lounge
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1955
Number built: 3

Fleet numbers: 9310–9312 
Type: Dome Lounge
Builder: P-S
Year built: 1952
Number built: 3

Fleet numbers: 9400–9412
Type: Dome Coach
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1955
Number built: 13

Fleet numbers: 39900–39938   
Type: Hi-Level Transition Coach Dorm
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1956–1964
Number built: 37
Notes: Ex-Santa Fe, El Capitan service

Fleet numbers: 39940–39964    
Type: Hi-Level Coach
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1956–1964
Number built: 20
Notes: Ex-Santa Fe, El Capitan service

Fleet numbers: 39970–39975  
Type: Hi-Level Lounge
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1956
Number built: 6
Notes: Ex-Santa Fe, El Capitan service

Fleet numbers: 39980–39985   
Type: Hi-Level Diner
Builder: Budd
Year built: 1956
Number built: 6
Notes: Ex-Santa Fe, El Capitan service

Heritage Fleet Overview
In service: Most retired, some remain in service
Manufacturers: Budd Company, Pullman-Standard, St. Louis Car Company
Constructed 1946–1964
Operator(s) Amtrak

See also:
Slumbercoach

Hi-level Cars

Superliner Cars

Viewliner Cars

Rail Passenger Cars

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