All Aboard the Cyrus K. Holliday

Cyrus K. Holliday at Santa Fe Station, San Diego, Calif.

I love trains. They are my favorite form of transportation. The image above is of the Cyrus K. Holliday Private Car #52. It was built by the American Car and Foundry Company in St. Charles, Missouri for the Soo Line Railroad in March 1921. The car celebrated its 100th birthday last year.

It is named after Cyrus Kurtz Holliday (April 3, 1826 – March 29, 1900), first president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, chartered in 1859. It was sold to a private consortium in San Diego, and is still in service.

The private car hosts parties and special events. Onboard amenities include a bedroom, full bathroom, dining room, kitchen, and observation deck. It occasionally couples with Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, and Southwest Chief on trips north to Portland and Seattle, and east across the Rocky Mountains to Chicago.

I am very humbled to be an Honorary Conductor of the Cyrus K. Holliday accorded all rights and privileges granted to former passengers King Gustav of Sweden (1907-1950), and Presidents Warren Harding (1921-1923) and Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929).

The first video shows the CKH coupled to the Southwest Chief. The second video includes communication between the conductor and engineer.


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5 thoughts on “All Aboard the Cyrus K. Holliday

  1. Jet, are you familiar with the winding, horseshoe train tracks near San Luis Obispo? I love this drone video of the CKH making an Amtrak run through the central coast.



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