Curt Andrews smiles when he says he isn't married and doesn't own a house.
Then the Othello, Washington Industrial Design Engineer points to his life's preoccupation- a 1910 Pullman business car that once was the pride of the top executive of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.
"Its the oldest operating railcar in the United States" Andrews, 27, said Monday after arriving in Spokane from Tucson, Arizona, aboard his newly purchased coach.
Andrews saved the car from a Los Angeles scrap yard, where it sat rusting under different owners from 1964 until last October, when he bought it for $-. But saving a bit of history with technical assistance from the Smithsonian Institution is only part of Andrews' dream.
One day soon, he hopes, the 74 year old coach he has named the "Abraham Lincoln" will be leased for travel by a modern day, high speed, Amtrack passenger trains.
"I've got all my life's savings tied up in it," Andrews said as he reluctantly detailed his expenses in the venture.
"You see, I'm not married," he added with a laugh. "I'm married to this car. A wife wouldn't like the competition."
After buying the coach, he had it moved to Tucson where he spent an estimated $50,000 having it mechanically refurbished so it would meet stringent standards for travel at a maximum speed of 105 miles per hour behind Amtrak trains.