HO Amtrak Superliner and Material Handling Cars

Prototype Information:

The Superliner I fleet was built in 1979 by Pullman Standard. Amtrak’s Superliners were based on the famous Budd built Hi-Levels operated by the Santa Fe railroad, for their El Capitan all-coach train. Amtrak passenger trains can run with a variety of car combinations, including lounge cars, dining cars, and sleepers on longer distance trains, with shorter trains running mostly coaches with perhaps a dining car and a coach/baggage car. Amtrak Superlines run all over the country (with the exception of the northeast corridor, where high roofs and low tunnel cielings pose a dangerous combination).

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Model Information:

Superliners 

Superior Detailing: All Kato Superliner cars and Material Handling Cars come with preinstalled detailing and thin railings. The passenger cars have complete upper and lower level interior detailing (which can be lit with the installation of an optional interior lighting kit 7-504), prototypical fluting on the exterior of the cars, and flush mounted and tinted windows. All cars have smooth rolling trucks with working bearing caps and shock absorber construction, and are weighted for a hefty feel and performance. The included Kinematic tight-lock couplers can be installed on both passenger and MHC’s.

Lighting Options: Both the Material Handling Cars and Passenger Cars have been designed for the easy installation of a marker light kit #958046. Simply remove a plate from the bottom of the car, insert the light board, and close it again to create a lighted marker light for the tail end of your Superliner consist. Click Here for a complete step-by-step instruction sheet (PDF) on the process.

MHC’s

Superior Detailing: All Kato Superliner cars and Material Handling Cars come with preinstalled detailing and thin railings. All cars have smooth rolling trucks with working bearing caps and shock absorber construction, and are weighted for a hefty feel and performance. The included Kinematic tight-lock couplers can be installed on both passenger and MHC’s.

Lighting Options: Both the Material Handling Cars and Superliner Passenger Cars have been designed for the easy installation of a marker light kit #958046. Simply remove a plate from the bottom of the car, insert the light board, and close it again to create a lighted marker light for the tail end of your Superliner consist. Click Here for a complete step-by-step instruction sheet (PDF) on the process.

Model Features:

  • Perfectly suited to be pulled by Kato’s EMD F40PH locomotives or GE P42 “Genesis” locomotives.
  • All details factory installed
  • Metal weights give prototypical heft and momentum
  • Optional included Kinematic couplers allow prototypical close coupling while still navigating tight radii
  • Superliners have full interior detailing and can be lit with optional 7-504 interior lighting kit (non-lounge only – use special #958048 to light the Lounge)
  • Passenger cars have tinted, flush windows
  • Designed to easily illuminate marker lights with optional light board #958046
  • Free rolling, detailed trucks with rotating bearing caps (Superliners and MHC’s only) and shock absorber construction
  • Crisp, elegant detailing

Car and Paint Scheme Versions

Phase III Coach

Phase III Lounge

Phase III Sleeper

Phase III Material Handling Car

Phase IVb/VI Coach

Phase IVb/VI Lounge

Phase IVb/VI Diner

Phase IVb/VI Sleeper

Phase IVb/VI Baggage Car

Phase IVb/VI Superliner II Transition Sleeper #1

Phase IVb/VI Superliner II Transition Sleeper #2

Phase IVb/VI Superliner II Transition Sleeper #3

Feature videos:

Kato USA Tech Corner: Watch this video (also accessible by clicking the image to the left) to get an overview of the process for using dry-transfer decals to apply alternate numbers to your Superliner cars (dry transfers are included with some Phase III cars)!

Kato USA Tech Corner: Watch this video (also accessible by clicking the image to the left) to learn about the optional HO KATO Passenger car Coupler Adapter for Kadee® Standard Shank Couplers!

These adapter kits, item #85065K sold through the Kato USA Part Store, will allow you to mount Kadee couplers onto Kato’s HO Bi-Level and Superliner cars! Perfect for those of you who belong to railroad clubs with coupler requirements, or for those who simply wish to use Kadee couplers instead of Kato’s knuckle or Kinematic couplers!

Current Models

Stock #

Description

Road #

Msrp

Stock #

Description

HO Amtrak® Superliner® Diner Phase VI

35-6074-1HO Amtrak® Superliner® Diner Phase VI w/ Preinstalled Interior Light

Road #

#38028

Msrp

$87 for Standard Car $121 w/Interior Lighting

Stock #

Description

Amtrak® Superliner® I, Coach Phase VI

35-6057-1 Amtrak® Superliner® I, Coach Phase VI w/ Preinstalled Interior Light

Road #

#34041

Msrp

$105 for Standard Car $140 w/Interior Lighting

Stock #

Description

Amtrak® Superliner® I, Lounge Phase VI

35-6065-1 Amtrak® Superliner® I, Lounge Phase VI w/ Preinstalled Interior Light

Road #

#33014

Msrp

$105 for Standard Car $140 w/Interior Lighting

Stock #

Description

Amtrak® Superliner® I, Sleeper Phase VI

35-6087-1 Amtrak® Superliner® I, Sleeper Phase VI w/ Preinstalled Interior Light

Road #

#32068

Msrp

$105 for Standard Car $140 w/Interior Lighting

Stock #

Description

Amtrak® Superliner® II, Transition Sleeper Phase VI

35-6252 Amtrak® Superliner® II, Transition Sleeper Phase VI w/ Preinstalled Interior Lighting

Road #

#39041

Msrp

$105 for Standard Car $140 w/Interior Lighting

Officially licensed by Amtrak. Amtrak and Superliner are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

*Prices are estimated and subject to change upon release