A key part of Union Pacific's public relations programs are the 48 historic passenger cars that make up the Heritage Fleet. Many were originally purchased for the famed City Streamliners, and have been carefully restored to full operating condition. Today, they're finished in a modern version of the famed Armour Yellow scheme, and carry names of important cities, earlier trains and key people in the railroad's long history. In service these rolling goodwill ambassadors travel system-wide and beyond, often behind UP's restored steam and diesel locos, to attend a wide range of public and special events every year.
Built as a coach in 1954 by American Car and Foundry, the "Katy Flyer" provides seating for 44 passengers. The Missouri-Kansas-Texas joined the UP family in 1982, and this car was renamed in 1993 for a train that ran from St. Louis to Galveston, Texas, for 65 years. The "Katy" nickname came from the "KT" in the road's MKT reporting mark.
PLEASE NOTE: As these cars are the correct prototype length and feature full underbody detail to match the prototypes, a minimum 24" radius is recommended for operation.