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Santa Fe El Capitan Passenger Cars

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Third Release
Announced: 02-08-2013
Orders Due: 02-26- 2012
ETA: March 2013
Second Release
Announced: 10-03-11
Orders Due: 10-21-11
ETA: Delivered
First Release
Announced: 06-08-09
Orders Due: 06-22-09
ETA: Delivered
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Release 3:
The Amtrak "El Capitan"
Prototype Information —

In 1971 Amtrak, “America’s Railroad”, was born, and with it was born the responsibility of maintaining America’s passenger services. Taking up among others the Santa Fe’s 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 train’s 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 car’s revolutionary design.

Model Features —
  1. Brand new paint and numbering for the Santa Fe Cars to represent their post1971 appearance.
  2. 10 Car boxed set with display Unitrack and special packaging, unique from previous “El Capitan”
    releases.
  3. Sleek, smooth rolling low profile all-wheel electrical pickup allow interior lighting of all cars with optional
    11-211 or 11-212 Version 2 interior lighting kits!
  4. Will be released with matching “Yellow Bonnet” EMD F7A and F7B locomotives to match the train’s
    early Amtrak operations.
  5. For Locomotives to pull this era train click here
Wig-Wag Notes: —
George lived thru the creation of Amtrak and spent many, many Saturdays and Sundays photographing trains at the Albuquerque Depot (beginning in the fall of 1969 thru June 1975) where the Super Chief / El Capitan stopped daily both before and after the creation of Amtrak. He remembers the use of the name Super Chief by Amtrak but he does not remember Amtrak using the name El Capitan when referring to the train or in timetables.  He also rode the train on his way back from his military service from Los Angeles to Albuquerque.  At that time the crew members never mentioned El Capitan they simply referred to the First Class section (previously the Super Chief) and the Coach Class section (previously the El Capitan).  He also has no recollection of the two sections ever being run separately as was done by Santa Fe prior to when they were combined initially in 1958 and continued to be run separately during high traffic periods right up thru the winter Holiday season of 1970-71.  He was there to photograph the last split runs thru Albuquerque in early January 1971 after a winter left 6-8" of snow on the Rio Grand Valley and the following three days of temperatures as low as -21 degrees.
Release 1 &  Release 2:
The Santa Fe El Capitan
Prototype Information

Following the very successful release of the California Zephyr, the Broadway Limited, the Coast Daylight and the Super Chief, we are now excited to bring you "El Capitan"

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).

Santa Fe's “El Capitan” offered coach travel between Chicago and Los Angeles. As re-equipped in 1954 with hi-level coaches, a diner and lounge, its double decker high-level cars provided a greater passenger capacity than previous trains.

Model Features —
  • Specific interior and exterior details
  • Shock absorber construction gives even traction and performance, even on the roughest track
  • Hi-level coach with a continuous lighted drumhead and red marker lights
  • All detail parts installed
  • Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of #11-210 Interior Light Kit
    with white LED
  • DCC friendly
  • Designed to be pulled by KATO “F-Units”
  • With (8) 20-000 straight track and (1) type C bumper)
Typical Consist


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Third Release
Part #: KAT-106-079 - Amtrak " El Capitan" - 10-car set
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Baggage - Road #: 1027
Baggage-Dormitory (transition) - Road #: 9991
Step Down Coach - Road #: 9909
Coach - Road #: 9928
Diner - Road #: 9985
Lounge - Road #: 9972
Coach - Road #: 9940 Coach - Road #: 9964
Coach - Road #: 9931 Step Down Coach - Road #: 9907
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Second Release
Part #: KAT-106-077 - Santa Fe El Capitan
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Baggage - Road #: 3534
Baggage-Dormitory (transition) - Road #: 3478
Step Down Coach - Road #: 537
Coach - Road #: 724
Coach - Road #: 710
Diner - Road #: 654
Lounge - Road #: 579
Coach - Road #: 713
Coach - Road #: 722
Step Down Coach - Road #: 531
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Part #: KAT-106-7116 - Santa Fe El Capitan - 2-Car Add-On Set
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Storage Mail - Road #: 3500
Coach - Road #: 701
The High-level El Capitan cars were the predecessors of today's modern Superliner car, many of the Santa Fe high-level cars actually being used in the early Amtrak era.
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Part #: KAT-176-1109 - Santa Fe - Road # 19 - "Warbonnet" scheme - EMD F-3 a-unit
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Part #: KAT-176-1110 - Santa Fe - Road # 19C - "Warbonnet" scheme - EMD F-3 a-unit
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Part #: KAT-176-1111 - Santa Fe - Road # n/a - "Warbonnet" scheme - EMD F-3 b-unit
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* - Intermountain unit shown for illustration purposes until Kato provides artwork/photos of their version


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First Release
Part #: KAT-106-075 - Santa Fe El Capitan
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Baggage - Road #: 3513
Baggage-Dormitory (transition) - Road #: 3477
Step Down Coach - Road #: 528
Coach - Road #: 700
Coach - Road #: 704
Diner - Road #: 652
Lounge - Road #: 576
Coach - Road #: 716
Coach - Road #: 719
Step Down Coach - Road #: 532
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Part #: KAT-106-7115 - Santa Fe El Capitan - 2-Car Add-On Set
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Storage Mail - Road #: 3527
Coach - Road #: 723
The High-level El Capitan cars were the predecessors of today's modern Superliner car, many of the Santa Fe high-level cars actually being used in the early Amtrak era.
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Part #: KAT-176-2122 - Santa Fe F-7 a-unit with number boards for Road # 40 installed, #40C included for modeler use in making prototypical ABBA consist
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Part #: KAT-176-2211 - Santa Fe - Road #: n/a - EMD F-7 b-unit .
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Light Kits
Part #: Kat-11-211 - Interior Lighting Kit w/ LED Version 2
Fits: Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner, Daylight, Broadway, Superchief
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Fits: Budd Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner
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: : : Specifications
* Light bulb in the conventional interior lighting set has been replaced with white LED in this newly developed lighting set with the rest of the components remaining the same.
* Set for a single car/Set for 6 Cars
::: Components for a car:
* Lens Color Filter, Reflector Unit, Unit Holder, and Contact Spring

: : :Features
* Use of newly developed White LED recreates a fluorescent lamp lighted environment.
* By attaching the Color Filter the white color can be changed into yellowish “incandescent” light. Use of this filter is particularly good with older time period cars in which incandescent light was prevalent.
* Be sure to note the value pricing of the #11-212 Kit giving you the components for six cars for the price of five single-car kits!

: : : Additional Notes
* Applicable to those (N) passenger cars which #11-204/206 New Interior Lighting sets can be fit into.

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Part #: Kat-11-212 - Interior Lighting Kit w/ LED Version 2 (6 pieces)
Fits: Can be used to illuminate any N Scale Kato Passenger car, business car, or RDC.
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Fits: Budd Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner
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Decoders
Part #: Kat-29-352 - FL12 Tail Light Control Decoder

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DCC Decorder for tail light control in the Daylight, California Zephyr, and Super Chief observation cars.

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Part #: Kat-29-353 - FR11 Interior Light Control Decoder

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DCC Decoder for N interior lighting kits 11-209/11-211 and 11-210/11-212. Allows programmable on/off functionality on DCC.

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Inventory is a fluid commodity.  It changes by the hour (sometimes by the minute). To retain our pricing structure we maintain stock levels designed to turnover 6 times each year. We cannot guarantee stock status till we have an order in hand. All product is subject to prior sale. If we confirm that we have it, and, while we are waiting for the order it sells, you would be upset that we did not hold it.
We used to hold items but learned a VERY EXPENSIVE lesson. When we held items for customers’ orders, the order never materialized 80%+ of the time.  We lost out on the orders placed while the item was on hold.  Also we wasted staff time that could have been used to pull actual orders.
Since we are well known for finding older stock the fact that it may not be on our shelves at this minute does not mean we can’t get it. So, as we spell out on our terms pages, we don’t do it anymore.
You may, however, call in and we will tell you if the items are available and if possible attempt to locate what we don’t have while you are on the phone.

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