The #502 is one of six ‘Pleasure Domes’ built by Pullman in 1950. These streamlined silver beauties were the Santa Fe Railway’s first dome cars. The #502 was used on the luxury Super Chief, which went through Winslow from 1937 to 1971.
Each Pleasure Dome included a step-down bar, and a step-up dome with 360-degree views. On one end was a large lounge with lit-and-perforated ceiling panels that twinkled at night like the heavens. On the other end was the legendary ‘Turquoise Room’ – the finest private dining room on rails, and the namesake of our wonderful restaurant at La Posada. Mary Colter designed the original interiors.
We never imagined finding one of these fabled railcars or having one in Winslow for our visitors. The 502 was purchased by Allan Affeldt and Richard Tower for the Winslow Arts Trust in 2015, and BNSF Railway moved it to Winslow for $1!
The AMM and Winslow Arts Trust will be restoring the car and eventually opening it to the public. If you’d like to contribute to the project click the button below.