UPDATE: February 11, 2022. Just prior to moving the Silver Iris to Santa Fe in December, Phil Jacobus and Henry Roberts undertook a deep cleaning. They also removed a functionally obsolete buffet unit in the lounge, which was not original.
Acoma Railway, a recently formed business in Santa Fe, is currently tending Silver Iris while is it parked at the Santa Fe Railyard. Acoma Railway contemplates hospitality and tourism offerings aboard Silver Iris in collaboration with the Santa Fe Southern Railway. Preliminary discussions between Acoma Railway and Wheels Museum have ranged across several lease and purchase scenarios. Discussions are continuing.
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When the Railroad Was King
BY Rick Nathanson / Journal Staff Writer
Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal
It’s the holiday season, when Christmas trees suddenly sprout from living room floors, many with model trains circling colorfully wrapped boxes of presents – some perhaps containing a new train set or a coveted railcar.
Whether it’s a Lionel or a Lego, Bachmann or Bowser, kids and adults still love trains.
The folks at Albuquerque’s Wheels Museum are particularly fond of Budd trains this holiday season, after being given a completely restored, 85-foot-long private railcar made in 1952 by the Budd metal manufacturing company of Philadelphia. More
Built by the Budd Company in 1952 for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy’s “American Royal Zephyr.”; it was one of five in the “flower” series which ran on the American Royal zephyr overnight between Chicago and Kansas City. The car was built as a 6 roomette, 4 bedroom, 6 section sleeper, and later operated on Amtrak (with the sections used as crew dormitory space) until 1980. From 1980 through 1984, the car was used by the Association of American Railroads at the FRA/AAR test facility in Pueblo, Colorado. The car is completely self-contained with a galley, showers, and dining/lounge area. Has been in private car service since 1984.
The rail car restoration is being done for the Wheels Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Mr. Kurt Olsen. The museum plans to join the Silver Iris and a 1937 Acoma First Class Lounge Car. Upon completion, the train will run excursions between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.