Appears to be a slightly different metal color and lower in height than the Superliner mix... could be a private car or some kind of baggage car. It could be a car that Amtrak is hauling for a coastal commuter service operator.
There doesn't seem to be enough information in the photo to make a clear determination...
But wouldn't it be nice if it were the CS Parlor Car to be be used once again!
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This undated image provided by Amtrak shows the California Zephyr train near Truckee, Calif. The California Zephyr starts in Emeryville, Calif., near San Francisco, en route to Reno, Nev., a 236-mile journey that offers beautiful views as well as history. It crosses the Sierra Nevada mountain range and follows the same course as the historic Transcontinental Railroad, a 19th century engineering feat that bolstered the nation’s western expansion. The Zephyr’s ultimate destination is Chicago, a 51-hour trip from Emeryville. (AP Photo/Amtrak, Phil Gosney)
EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The journey east on Amtrak's California Zephyr train is as good as the destination. Riding the rails from the San Francisco Bay area to Reno, Nev., offers beautiful views and a tangible sense of history on the route over the Sierra Nevada mountain range that helped...
Article was published in 2013, so at least 8 years old.
Agree that it's private varnish. When I was taking the Coast Starlight once, we waited about ten minutes at OKJ as a private car was being attached. The crew made that announcement since we were taking even longer than the normal restock time.