The Kayenta

KayentaMRLX 4700 was built in 1953 by the Budd Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a long distance 48-seat coach for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. The Santa Fe never named the car, but numbered it #2823. This car operated on the “El Capitan”, the “San Francisco Chief”, and the “Texas Chief” consists.

Amtrak

As Amtrak prepared to start service in May 1971, 1,200 cars were selected from a pool of 3,000 that were in service with the two dozen railroads that had been relieved of their passenger service obligations. Like The Silver Maple and Chair Car 2931, MRLX 4700 became part of the Amtrak fleet. Amtrak renumbered the car #4817.

Montana Rockies Rail Tours

Montana Rockies Rail Tours (MRRT) acquired the car in 1995. The rail route covered by the MRRT included the original Northern Pacific Railroad tracks through southern and western Montana and northern Idaho. It was not only a very scenic route, it is a historic route that no other passenger trains traverse today! The train MRRT operated was named the Montana Daylight. MRRT renumbered the car 4700. MRRT ran excursions covering 478 miles. The motive power was usually provided by Montana Rail Link, however several trains were pulled by Southern Pacific 4449. MRRT ceased operations in 2004 and sold of their rolling stock.

Given a Name

In 2007, the car was purchased by Chooch & Warbucks LLC. Chooch & Warbucks renewing the interior to it’s previous Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad motif. At this time Chooch & Warbucks also gave the car the name “The Kayenta.” The Kayenta operates in late season excursions.
The Kayenta Interior