Rupes tools help make history

The Rupes BigFoot MarkII has been selected as the preferred tool to detail a piece of American history – the Ferdinand Magellan Presidential Railcar US No1.

Built in 1928, it was used as maximum security transport for the US Presidents, such as Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower.

This month, a select team of professional detailers and automotive experts, coordinated by Jose Fernandez, owner of Superior Shine Auto Detailing of Arcadia, met at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami to detail this piece of history.

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 US President in utmost maximum security. Roosevelt regularly used the Ferdinand Magellan until his death in 1945.

The railcar was then used to transport Presidents Truman and Eisenhower. Presidential Railcar US No1 was taken out of service and officially retired in 1958. It has been on display at the Gold Coast Rail Museum in Miami ever since.

The exterior of the rail car was restored in the mid-1990s and its latest service provided a professional clean, polish and wax.