Soo-54

Soo-54
Car Specs
Car Number: 
54
Type: 
Business Car
Builder: 
Soo
Built / Retired: 
1927
Construction: 
steel
Notes: 
"Mt. Rubidoux"

Business Cars were the corporate jets of the railroad world. They were typically assigned to high-ranking railroad officials for use as mobile offices and living quarters. They were usually placed on the end of the train, where the observation platform at the back of the car provided an excellent view.

Car No. 54 is air conditioned and sleeps ten. It has a finely furnished rosewood and cherry-paneled interior containing an observation/drawing room, two staterooms, a dining room, secretary's room, porter's room, two bathrooms and a kitchen. The kitchen includes a gas stove and a refrigerator.

The car was originally built by Barney & Smith in 1914 for the Soo Line Railroad as Buffet-Baggage combination car No. 1704. In 1927 it was rebuilt into Business Car No. 54. In 1962, the Soo Line railroad sold the car to private owners who brought it to Southern California, keeping it at the Santa Fe station in San Bernardino for a period of years. It was repainted from its Soo Line maroon color scheme into its current blue at the adjacent Santa Fe shops. It was named 'Mt. Rubidoux' after the mountain-top in nearby Riverside, California, which was famous for its Easter Sunday celebrations.

The car is still used during special events at the Museum. It is pictured above on display at the Riverside Metrolink station in 1995.

Additional Images

Santa rides the Mt. Rubidoux. John Smatlak photo
Santa rides the Mt. Rubidoux. John Smatlak photo
Mt. Rubidoux returns to its old home at the San Bernardino station, October 2007
Mt. Rubidoux returns to its old home at the San Bernardino station, October 2007. John Smatlak photo
The Interior of the rear of the car
The Interior of the rear of the car
The interior of the dinning area
The interior of the dinning area
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