The Pullman Company built the
Jane Marie in 1947 as a 68 seat, double vestibule coach for the
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. At the time of delivery the
car was named Des Moines with its first assignment being on the Twin
Star Rocket between Minneapolis Minnesota and Houston Texas. The car
was built as a fluted side car but over the years suffered from
corrosion behind the stainless steel applied over corten steel. In the
early 1960ís the car was rebuilt at the Rock Islandís Chicago shop and
emerged with sheet stainless steel sides with only the number 330. As
passenger service declined the car saw many assignments, among them
the Golden State and the Rocky Mountain Rocket. It lasted until the
fall of the railroad running on the Peoria Rocket and the Quad Cities
Rocket. After the bankruptcy of the Rock Island the car was stored in
a number of locations the last being Guthrie Oklahoma.
The car was moved from Guthrie Oklahoma to Chandler Arizona on its own
wheels and rebuilt at the facilities of the Arizona Railway Museum.
The now car sleeps 4 in two large bedrooms and 2 on a fold out bed in
a curtained area of the dining room but easily handles 14 for day
trips. The spacious lounge features comfortable seating and large
windows for viewing the passing countryside. 2 bathrooms, a shower and
full kitchen complete the passenger accommodations.
The Jane Marie was part of the U.S.P.S. Celebrate the Century train
promoting the history of United States postal service and stamps in
2000. The car has also been used for operation lifesaver and community
service trains in our home state of Arizona as well as for fundraisers
at the Arizona Railway Museum.