N Amtrak “El Capitan” High-Level Cars

Prototype Information:

In 1971 Amtrak, Americas Railroad, was born, and with it was born the responsibility of maintaining Americas passenger services. Taking up among others the Santa Fes luxury Super Chief and coach class El Capitan trains, Amtrak quickly set about attempting to create its own image for these classic stainless trains, adorning them with bold red, white and blue stripes and the Chevron logo (known today as Phase I colors) which would be synonymous with Amtrak service for nearly three decades.

 

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, but the legacy of the trains double decker cars would live on, both in the form of first-class Pacific Parlour lounge cars and in the design of the Superliners which would take form and inspiration from the Hi-level cars revolutionary design.

 

Motive Power:

In the early years of Amtrak service, when the Santa Fe was transitioning to a freight-only business, Amtrak was reliant on leased motive power for pulling its trains. The Santa Fe, wanting to differentiate their equipment that was to be used on the new Amtrak trains, began repainting the F7s destined for Amtrak use in a new Yellow Bonnet scheme. A number of locomotives received this scheme, and although their service on Amtrak was brief many of these Yellow bonnets were returned to the Santa Fe for freight use after 1973.

 

The return of the F7’s also heralded the introduction of Amtrak’s first official diesel, the SDP40F. The new EMD SDP40F locomotives, fitted with dual steam generators to provide the cars with hot water and heat and geared for high-speed operation, were perfectly suited to operating the Santa Fe heritage cars.

Passenger Car Features:

  • Brand new paint and numbering for the Santa Fe Cars to represent their post-1971 appearance.
  • Tail-end coach has illuminated marker lights and illuminated Amtrak logo drumhead.
  • Each car is equipped with low flange wheels, KATO magnetic knuckle couplers and shock absorber construction for smooth and reliable operation.
  • Ideal for operating with either Yellowbonnet F7’s or EMD SDP40F locomotives
  • Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of #11-211/212 Version 2 Interior Light Kit with White LED.

Rolling Stock:

Amtrak's original Hi-level cars were repainted Santa Fe Budd Hi-Levels; the below cars show the appearance of these cars wearing Amtrak Phase I paint:

Baggage-Dormitory

Step Down Coach

Coach

Diner

Lounge

Baggage

Set Information :

Stock #

Description

Road #

Msrp

Stock #

Amtrak El Capitan

10 Car Set

Out Of Stock

Description

Baggage-Dormitory

Step Down Coach

Coach

Coach

Diner

Lounge

Coach

Coach

Step Down Coach

Baggage

Road #

9991

9909

9928

9931

9985

9972

9940

9964

9907

1027

Msrp