An October 1997 Amtrak inspection revealed several previously undetected problems with the Pony Express and Amtrak required the car undergo a complete 40 year Inspection before it would be allowed to operate. This extensive inspection/rebuild was started in October of 1997. Progress was rapid at first but intervening film and consulting projects, such as the design and rebuilding of commuter coaches into elegant dining cars for the Sierra Railroads' dinner train operation. delayed final completion until August 20, 2001.
The Pony Express was kept in the "Garden"
at Los Angeles Union Station. from August, 2002 until June, 2007
when Amtrak raised parking rates to a level that was no longer
economical to pay. During its five years in the Garden it saw
regular use for special events, special trains, charters, birthday
In September 2008 the Pony departed Santa Fe for Los Angeles, CA to participate in the 2008 AAPRCO convention Special to San Diego and San Pedro. following the convention the Pony was part of a special train that ran from Oakland to Mt. Shasta and return. Following completion of the special train event the Pony travelled from Los Angeles to its new home in Winslow, AZ.
February 2009 saw the Pony Express and sleeper Pacific Sands
travel on the sunset Limited from Los Angeles to New Orleans
for a night of Mardi Gras revelry then on to Washington DC via
the Crescent for the Annual AAPRCO Congressional Reception held
in conjunction with Railroad Day on Capital Hill. following the
receprion the cars returned via the Capitol Limited to Chicago
and the Southwest Chief.
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