The Yreka Western's historical Great Northern parlor car that was once the personal car of the creator of "The Empire Builder", James Hill, has been lost to a repossession by a creditor this week. The car has been at the YW since the mid 1950's and was used by Willis Kyle as a place of lodging while visiting the YW, until Mr. Kyle became so disabled he was no longer able to access the car. The car was built in 1900, has two bedrooms with bath facilities in both rooms. It also has a parlor, dining room, galley and servant's quarters. Originally built with wood siding, the car was fitted with steel sheeting in the early 1920's. In the following photo, you can see the original wood siding under the steel: The good news is the car was purchased from the foreclosing party by none other than the great grandson of James Hill, James Hill III. Affectionately called, "The Goose Nest" while at the YW, she was moved out of the YW yard to Montague where, assisted by 3 large cranes, her approximately 180,000 pounds was gently lifted into the air where thereafter a 4 axle flat car was pushed under her. The cranes then gently set her down onto the flat to be secured for it's journey. Mr. Hill is sending the car to Roseville, Ca to be restored at the Jim Dobbas Inc. yard. Mr. Hill stated he will endevor to keep the original flavor of the car intact, but will convert the trucks with roller bearings (which will be kept hidden by the original friction bearing covers). He intends to also equip the car with all modern amenities, but they too will be discretely hidden out of sight. It is estimated it will take at least a year to get the restoration completed. After the restoration, Mr. Hill intends to bring his entire family to Roseville where they will connect the car to a train, (AMTRAK??) and they will proceed north to take the rails along the original Great Northern rails to Wisconsin. There, he will place the car in his museum. I have some interior photos of this car, somewhere. When I find them, I'll post em.