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N-Gauge - Amtrak El Capitan 10-Car Set

N-Gauge - Amtrak El Capitan 10-Car Set

Based off of the C&NW Bi-Level commuter cars, the Santa Fe's Hi-Level cars were the first of their kind to be used in long distance service, pioneering the concept of affordable, reliable service and providing the basis for today's modern Amtrak fleets.

Following Santa Fe's transferal of their passenger operations, Amtrak continued to operate the “El Capitan” and “Super Chief” trains in combined consists for a number of years before retiring the historic “El Capitan” name, adorning them in its then-new Phase I red, white and blue paint scheme.

All cars are fully details and ready to roll with low flange wheels, KATO magnetic knuckle couplers and detailed interiors. The trailing step-down coach is equipped with an illuminated marker light and drumhead, and all cars can be upgraded with 11-211/212 interior Lighting LED kits.

KAT106-079

1 in stock

$285.00

$249.99

N-Gauge - SANTA FE EL CAPITAN 10 CAR SET

N-Gauge - SANTA FE EL CAPITAN 10 CAR SET

Prototype Information:

The Santa Fe “El Capitan” offered coach travel between Chicago and Los Angeles using hi-level coaches along with a diner and lounge, its double decker hi-level cars providing a greater passenger capacity than traditional single-level trains. The El Capitan was revolutionary in that it offered excellent service and a train schedule that matched the speed of first class sleeper trains such as the "Super Chief" while remaining affordable to the every-day passenger. In fact, in January 1958 the "El Capitan" and "Super Chief" trains were consolidated to run together, though in peak traffic times such as Chrismas or the summer months the two would still keep separate train schedules to accomodate the increased ridership.

Based off of the C&NW Bi-Level commuter cars, the El Capitan Hi-Level cars were the first of their kind to be used in long distance service, pioneering the concept of affordable, reliable service and providing the basis for today's modern Amtrak fleets (the Amtrak Superliners were, in fact, built off the design of the original Santa Fe Hi-Level coaches and many Santa Fe cars ran alongside Superliners in the early days of Amtrak).

 
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Feature video:

In the late 50's, the Santa Fe would run the Super Chief and El Capitan as a combined train, with consists that could vary but were often upwards of 18-20 cars. Kato USA has put together a small video presentation featuring this combined consist, as accurately reproduced using cars from both of the classic name train series sets and their supporting add-on packs of cars. Click the image to the left or HERE to visit Kato USA's youtube page and see this train in motion!

Passenger Car Features:

  • All new tooling for cars, including the Baggage-Dormitory visual transition car and the step-down coach car.
  • Tail-end coach has illuminated marker lights and light-up "El Capitan" conquistador Drumhead.
  • Each car is equipped with low flange wheels, KATO magnetic knuckle couplers and shock absorber construction for smooth and reliable operation.
  • Colored interior piece to more closely match the prototypes.
  • Can be paired up with the Santa Fe Super Chief to replicate post-1958 combination trains.
  • Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of #11-211/212 Interior Light Kit with White LED.

KAT106-075

1 in stock

$249.99

N-Gauge - SP Lines Morning Daylight Articulated Chair 2 Car Set

N-Gauge - SP Lines Morning Daylight Articulated Chair 2 Car Set

N-Gauge - SP Lines Morning Daylight Articulated Chair 2 Car Set

KAT106-6309

1 in stock

$54.99

N-Gauge - Union Pacific Water Tender 2-Car Set

N-Gauge - Union Pacific Water Tender 2-Car Set

Water Tenders: Can be upgraded with an optional light board to illuminate marker lights in either direction (sold separately)

 

Water Tenders: The separate "Flag" plate will be prototypically applied to the Jim Adams Car.

11" (282mm) Minimum turning radius on ground level track, 15" (381mm) Minimum turning radius on Viaduct track.

All detail parts installed

KAT106-085

3 in stock

$78.99