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    Presidential Railcar US No.1

    Presidential Railcar US No.1




    Like if I didn’t already love my job more than I can put into words……… Our next BIG detail project is here!

    I have been blessed beyond measure in my detailing career. I have had the rare opportunity of detailing two aircraft used as Air Force one and Ronald Reagan's presidential motorcade.


    Keeping with the presidential theme, our next detail project will be The Ferdinand Magellan Presidential Railcar US. No 1.





    The Ferdinand Magellan Railcar was built in 1928 and put into service as a standard service Pullman railcar. In early 1942 it was pulled from service and modified with steel armor plates and bullet proof windows to transport the U.S. President in utmost maximum security.

    The then freshly rebuilt Ferdinand Magellan, designated as Presidential Railcar U.S. No.1, was presented to U.S. President Roosevelt on December 18th 1942. Roosevelt regularly used the Ferdinand Magellan until his death in 1945.




    The railcar was then used to transport Presidents Truman and Eisenhower.



    Due to the advancement in air travel, aircraft designated as “Air Force One” became the preferred mode to transport the President.

    Presidential Railcar U.S. No.1 was taken out of service and officially retired in 1958. It has been on display at the Gold Coast Rail Museum in Miami, Fla. ever since.


    In 1984 while the railcar was in Washington D.C. to be displayed at a railroad enthusiast event, arrangements were made for President Ronald Reagan to use the railcar on a one day 5 stop campaign event that traveled from Washington D.C. to Dayton, Ohio.



    Today, The Ferdinand Magellan, while in good condition, is in dire need of a professional cleaning, polishing and waxing so that it will look new and be preserved for all to enjoy.

    I assembled a team of seasoned detailers that are going to do just that.

    This two day project could not have been made possible without the support of two detailing industry leaders.

    Bob McKee of Autogeek is very supportive of detailers in the car care industry. In the past he has supported our projects to preserve history.

    We will use Autogeek's line of Pinnacle waxes and polishes to shine and protect the Ferdinand Magellan.

    The choice of machine polisher is essential for excellent results. The polisher that the team will use on the railcar will be supplied by Rupes USA. The railcar team will specifically use the Rupes Bigfoot 21 Mk II dual action polisher to polish and wax the Presidential railcar.

    I'll post pics when we are on-site!

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY !!

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    Re: Presidential Railcar US No.1

    This is aweomse. And its in my backyard, I live 5 minutes from that museum!

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    Re: Presidential Railcar US No.1

    Swing by and say hello.

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    Re: Presidential Railcar US No.1

    Awesome!

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    I can't wait to see the pictures.
    AZ Mike aka "Repeat"

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    Looking forward to the final results. Congrats Joe!

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    That's awesome Joe!! Can't wait to see it.
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    Re: Presidential Railcar US No.1

    Congrats! Can't wait to see the results
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    Re: Presidential Railcar US No.1

    Mike Phillips is joining us. We've been friends for over 12 years now. Also about 1/2 of the team from the Freedom One / Air Force One crew will be on the railcar team.



    EXCITED!!!

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    Joe you r the man..

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