PRC Equipment

We have the largest, most varied and interesting collection of passenger rail cars in the country. We own or lease over 200 passenger cars, spanning over 75 years from the oldest to the newest car. We also have over 30 vintage locomotives including steam, diesel switchers, road switchers and of course, the iconic “cab units”. Of course, not all of our equipment is completely restored and running. A significant portion of our collection is “in reserve” awaiting refurbishment and a return to active service when it is needed. We have some one-of-a-kind cars, and others that are wonderfully representative of bygone eras such as the “heavyweights” or “streamliners”. If all of our cars and locomotives were put together, it would be almost 3 1/2 miles long! Of course, that would also involve getting them all into one place… With equipment in Santa Cruz California on the Pacific Coast and Hyannis Massachusetts on the Atlantic (with a few gaps in between, of course), assembling that train would be a Herculean task.

It will be far easier to describe our equipment collection in the weeks to come. We will cover dome cars, observation cars, describe the Art Deco influence that impacted the styling of our cars from the 40s and 50s (which make up the bulk of our passenger car and heritage locomotive fleet). We will try to give a feeling for what was going on when the cars were built, as well as the incredibly varied careers that they followed before being acquired for the Premier Rails collection. Many people ride our train to see the incredible scenery, enjoy the ambience, savor the cuisine, and appreciate the personal service, but they sometimes forget that every time they step onto a Premier Rails Collection car, they are stepping into a time machine. While building (or in our case re-building) a time machine is a huge and expensive effort, when the train pulls out and you are transported into the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or whatever era the car came from, it can be…the coolest thing in the world!