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Amtrak Head-End Power (HEP) Cars

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This page was last updated on March 12, 2013.

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The following Amtrak cars were all delivered new with Head End Power:

Amfleet I

Amfleet I cars were delivered in October 1975 through 1978; total fleet of 492 cars (406 coaches and 86 cafes); ordered on October 12, 1973. (Wikipedia) (Amfleet I and II photos at RRPictureArchives.net)

444 cars in serice as of February 2011

Superliner I

Superliner cars were delivered in October 1978 through June 1981; a total fleet of 284 cars; ordered on April 2, 1975. (Wikipedia) (Superliner I and II photos at RRPictureArchives.net)

247 cars in service as of February 2011

AMTK Number Qty Car Type Builder and Date
31000-31047 48 Coach Baggage Pullman-Standard, 1980
32000-32069 70 Sleeper Pullman-Standard, 1979-1980
33000-33024 25 Lounge Pullman-Standard, 1980-1981
34000-34101 102 Coach Pullman-Standard, 1979-1981
38000-38038 39 Diner Pullman-Standard, 1979-1981

Amfleet II

Amfleet II cars were delivered in 1981 through 1983; total fleet of 150 cars (125 coaches and 25 lounges). (Wikipedia) (Amfleet I and II photos at RRPictureArchives.net)

145 cars in service as of February 2011

AMTK Number Qty Car Type Builder and Date
25000-25124 125 Coach Budd, 1981
28000-28024 25 Lounge Budd, 1981

Horizon Fleet

Horizon fleet cars were delivered in 1989-1990; a total fleet of 104 cars. (Wikipedia)

97 cars in service as of February 2011

AMTK Number Qty Car Type Builder and Date  
53000-53007 8 Lounge-Cafe Bombardier, 1990 19 seat coach, 32 seat snack area
53500-53509 10 Lounge-Cafe Bombardier, 1990 48 seat diner-lounge, ADA compliant
54000-54071 72 Coach Bombardier, 1989 54000, 84 seats; 54001-54043, 82 seats; 54044-54071, 78 seats with baggage area
54500-54513 14 Coach Bombardier, 1989 72 seats, ADA compliant

Superliner II

Superliner II cars were delivered in 1994-1995; a total fleet of 195 cars; ordered on December 8, 1993. (Wikipedia) (Superliner I and II photos at RRPictureArchives.net)

181 cars in service as of February 2011

AMTK Number Qty Car Type Builder and Date
32070-32118 49 Sleeper Bombardier, 1994
32500-32505 6 Auto Train Deluxe Sleeper Bombardier, 1994
33025-33049 25 Lounge Bombardier, 1994
34102-34139 38 Coach Bombardier, 1994
38039-38068 30 Diner Bombardier, 1994
39000-39046 47 Dorm Bombardier, 1994

Viewliner

Viewliner cars were delivered 1995 and 1996; a total fleet of 50 sleeper cars (AMTK 62000-62049), plus three prototypes built by Budd. (Wikipedia)

Order placed with Morrison Knudsen Transit Group, to be built at Hornell, New York (first opened by MK in 1993); MK went into bankruptcy in October 1995; order transferred to Amerail (American Passenger Railcar Company LLC) for completion (Amerail was specifically created as a temporary company to complete MK contracts); assets and interests of Amerail sold to GEC Alsthom in August 1997.

The first Viewliners entered service in mid April 1996. (source)

50 cars in service as of February 2011.

Sources

Informal discussion of Amtrak Horizon cars on Trainorders.com, November 2011

More Information

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Amtrak HEP Locomotives

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