History of the Hawkeye

Taken from history hung inside the car

  • 1928 - Built as a dining car by the St. Louis - San Francisco Railway (aka, the Frisco) in their shops at Springfield, Missouri.
  • 1949 - Rebuilt into an office car for the SLSF and renamed Tennessee.
  • 1965 - Sold to the Ontario Northland Railway and renamed (sic) Moosinee. (The car's history lists this spelling, but ONR's station is named Moosonee.)
  • 1981 - Sold to Mr. James Green of Texas Tank Car Works in San Angelo, TX. The car remained there and eventually suffered fire damage.
  • 1988 - Sold to MidSouth Rail and moved to Vicksburg, MS. After a complete renovation, the car was renamed Prospector. During the rebuilding, the car received 3-axle trucks from an old Illinois Central baggage car, a diesel generator, a new refrigerator and freezer, a 1000 gallon water tank, and accessories such as grab irons needed to bring it up to Amtrak standards. The car was stored in a climate-controlled shed in Vicksburg.
  • 1994 - Kansas City Southern purchased MidSouth Rail. The car was repainted in 1995, and renamed Arther E. Stillwell, after the founder of the KCS.
  • 2006 - Sold to Iowa Interstate after KCS built a new Arther E. Stillwell. Given that the paint already matched Iowa Interstate colors, the car kept its KCS paint. The furniture was reupholstered.
  • 2007 - Brake system was converted and trucks rebuilt. (Unsure exactly what the brakes were converted to, but this is all the sheet tells us.)
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