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Historic rail car to be moved for Maricopa overpass project

January 9, 2019

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — An historic rail car will be relocated a short distance from its current location in Maricopa as part of a construction of an overpass to carry a bust state highway over Union Pacific train tracks.

City officials said the Silver Horizon domed observation car will be moved Thursday from the Amtrak station next to State Route 347 to a nearby site next to the Maricopa Unified School’s District headquarters.

The Silver Horizon was part of the equipment of the California Zephyr, a pre-Amtrak train route operated between Chicago and Oakland, California, by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Denver & Rio Grande and Wester Pacific railroads.

Officials said moving the car will require closing the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway for approximately 15 minutes between the car’s current and new sites.