SAN FRANCISCO — Southern Pacific Transportation Co. is selling five of its 10 vintage railcars, which date back to 1914 and the days when the captains of Wall Street and Hollywood shuttled coast-to-coast in elegance.
"They're very classy Winnebagos," said David Krenn, a trainmaster for the San Francisco-based railroad. The railcars will sell for $100,000 and higher.
The 73-year-old Pine Bluff has an observation platform with brass railings, lounge, three bedrooms, toilets, shower, dining room, kitchen with gas range and crew quarters. A similar car, the 30-year-old Tucson, also is for sale, along with three vintage observation cars, complete with extra-large windows for a view of the country you can't get from a jetliner.
The company has lined up 300 bidders and hopes to sell all five cars by next month. Two other cars already have been sold for $120,000 each.