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
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 the five years it was based in the Garden it saw
regular use for special events, special trains to places like Montana, northern California, the Grand Canyon, Reno, Nevada, and trips to San Diego for birthday
parties, weddings, reunions and much more.
In June 2007 the Pony moved to Lamy, NM via Amtrak Train
No. 3, the Southwest Chief, where it was met by the Santa Fe
Southern and taken to its temporary home in Santa Fe.
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 that 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 Cardinal to Chicago
and the Southwest Chief.
The Company has continued to specialize in coordinating train sequences
for feature films on locations around the country, private car
/ special train project consulting and marketing, operating and
maintaining the Pony Express.
After 19 years of ownership refurbishment and operation, the Pony has been sold to IFE Leasing, a private Car business based in Northern California for further adventures. It was delivered to the new owner on July 14, 2016 and moved from Los Angeles to Oakland on Train #14, the Coast Starlight
Rev July 18, 2016