Dining Car No. 7137
The Palmdale is our first class dining car. Passengers riding with a first class dining car ticket may enjoy complimentary snacks, appetizers, and beverages. From time to time, full-meal service may be offered aboard this car, but amenities will vary based on the event. Be sure to review ticketing pages for details.
Originally built as William Penn, this car one of 16 Budd cars ordered by the Pennsylvania Railroad (“PRR”) in 1952 (Budd T42-04064, PRR PP85 – class). While only 16 parlor-lounge cars were built, No. 7137 was actually a part of a much larger, 64-car order. This 64-car order was for the updated, and newly streamlined, Congressional & Senator train sets (traveling between New York City – Philadelphia, PA – Washington, DC). The Congressional & Senator trains afforded passengers, business, and political figures a 3.5 hour trip form the Northeast to the Capitol. Following the glory days of passenger rail travel, the PRR retired the lounge cars from regular, named-train, service in late 1960. In an effort to restructure the passenger operations, many cars, including 7137 were reconfigured to provide the public more appealing accommodations. As such, 7137 became galley-lounge Anthony Wayne. In 1971, Amtrak took ownership of national passenger rail travel where lounge 7137 (Amtrak 3322) operated until being sold into private ownership in 1992.
Today, the car retains its original PRR number (7137) and is named the PALMDALE in honor of the local area that the car currently passes through.