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Fate of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Silver Horizon at Maricopa, AZ?

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Fate of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Silver Horizon at Maricopa, AZ?
Posted by desertdog on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 12:55 PM

When the UP closed the west end of the Phoenix Sub, it meant that the Sunset Limited would no longer serve Phoenix directly. Maricopa, some 25 miles to the south, became the default Phoenix Amtrak stop. Without going into the history behind it, the Silver Horizon was available and was turned into the Amtrak depot. Eventually, it was replaced with a more permanent "Amshack." 

The Silver Horizon sits on a section of track to the back of the Amtrak parking lot and over time has been physically deteriorating. Recently, however, the Maricopa Historical Society purchased it from the owner, Pima County. There are hopes of moving and restoring it. A story at the local Maricopa news site tells more:

https://www.inmaricopa.com/zephyr-railcar-gets-3d-scanning/

John Timm

 

 

 

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Posted by desertdog on Friday, August 18, 2017 10:46 AM

The Maricopa Historical Society has obtained government funding to move the Silver Horizon from the Amtrak depot site: http://www.inmaricopa.com/zephyr-railcar-on-track-for-new-home/?utm_source=InMaricopa+Newsletter&utm_campaign=99e2b1867d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9816950bd5-99e2b1867d-188370561

Before the recession, it was the subject of a tug-of-war between Maricopa and nearby Casa Grande, both of whom wanted to give it a permanent home, despite its having no historical connection to either city or to Arizona railroading.

 

John Timm

 

 

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