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By the early 1950s, travelers in a hurry and on a budget made Santa Fe’s El Capitan one of its most popular – and crowded – streamliners. As the speedy and economical running mate of the Super Chief, the train was a favorite with families and business travelers, regularly handling 14 or more cars daily with no let-up in sight. Second and third sections were needed during peak summer and holiday travel times, and riders were still being turned away.

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By the early 1950s, travelers in a hurry and on a budget made Santa Fe’s El Capitan one of its most popular – and crowded – streamliners. As the speedy and economical running mate of the Super Chief, the train was a favorite with families and business travelers, regularly handling 14 or more cars daily with no let-up in sight. Second and third sections were needed during peak summer and holiday travel times, and riders were still being turned away.

To meet demand and upgrade service, new Budd-built 48-seat coaches were assigned to El Capitan as soon as they arrived in the fall of 1953. In March of 1954, a new level of luxury began as the first of the “Big Dome” lounge cars joined the popular train, a hint of more improvements to come. El Capitan would handle the lion’s share of coach passengers with this updated consist until July of 1956, when the all-new Hi-Level cars took over.

Quickly reassigned to equipment pools, former El Capitan cars would be found on the Chief, Texas Chief, Chicagoan, Kansas Cityan, Grand Canyon and others through 1971. Many went on to long careers in Amtrak service, and today, several coaches, lunch counter diners and Big Domes have been preserved.

Welcome aboard the 1954 El Capitan!

Santa Fe’s El Capitan was the first choice for travelers between Chicago and Los Angeles, reaching new levels of luxury in 1954 when the first “Big Domes” arrived. Capturing the spirit of this great train, our HO replica includes four new cars – six authentic models in all – that later served on other Santa Fe streamliners. New 300-Class F7s in full Warbonnet® colors will also be available, along with a new Cornerstone Modern Brick Santa Fe Station kit and three Walthers SceneMaster™ passenger figure sets for an authentic model from start to finish.

CARS

  • Four all-new models
    • As-built Baggage-Dormitory
    • 13-Seat Lunch Counter 20-Seat Diner
    • "Big Dome" Bar Lounge #506-513
    • 42-Seat Coach-Observation
  • Mix & match to model an authentic consist & other Santa Fe streamliners
  • Real metal finish simulates stainless steel - matches our other WalthersProto Santa Fe streamliners
  • Modeler-installed extended drawbar for 22" radius curves included
  • Prototypically accurate window tinting as appropriate
  • All grab irons factory installed
  • Car number decals
  • Turned RP-25 metal wheelsets
  • Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

LOCOS

Santa Fe 300-Class
  • Perfect power for El Capitan and other Santa Fe streamliners
  • Limited edition - one-time run of these configurations
  • Available with SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Sound for DCC and DC layouts
  • Detailed to match post-1953 cosmetic upgrades featuring: - Vertical Farr-type etched stainless grilles - Door-mounted headlight & Mars light - 36" dynamic brake fan - Two single chime air horns - Plated metal & painted finish - Complete scale fuel tank with skirting, hangers, battery box & underframe detail
  • Five-pole, skew-wound, high-torque, high-efficiency can motor
  • Helical gears with 14:1 ratio for smooth, ultra-quiet running
  • Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

The early 1950s were exciting times for the Santa Fe, and for anyone lucky enough to be riding the popular El Capitan. Over 40 streamlined cars were assigned to the daily Los Angeles-Chicago trains, while matched A-B-B-A quartets of passenger service Fs kept them on their blistering schedule. With six authentic models, including the new as-built Baggage-Dormitory, 13 Seat Lunch Counter 20 Seat Diner, “Big Dome” Bar Lounge #506-513, 42-Seat Coach-Observation (many of which served other Santa Fe streamliners in later years), and new 300-Class F units, it’s easy to model an authentic consist from start to finish.

March 1, 1954
Train 21 Westbound Chicago to Los Angeles
Baggage (storage mail; Kansas City - Los Angeles)
Baggage (storage mail; Kansas City - Los Angeles)
Baggage (storage mail; Chicago - Los Angeles)
Baggage (storage mail; Chicago - Los Angeles)
Baggage-Dormitory
Coach
Coach
Lunch Counter Diner
Coach
Coach
Big Dome Lounge (#506-513)
Coach
Coach
Lunch Counter Diner
Coach
Coach-Observation

March 1, 1954
Train 22 Eastbound Los Angeles to Chicago
30' Railway Post Office-Baggage (Kansas City - Chicago;
use WalthersMainline #910-30302 as stand-in)
60' RPO (Kansas City - Chicago; #80-98;
use WalthersProto #920-13062 or #920-9000)
Baggage (storage mail, Los Angeles - Chicago)
Baggage-Dormitory
Coach
Coach
Lunch Counter Diner
Coach
Coach
Big Dome Lounge
Coach
Coach
Lunch Counter Diner
Coach
Coach-Observation

October 30, 1955
Train 21 Westbound Chicago to Los Angeles
Baggage (storage mail, Chicago to Los Angeles)
Baggage-Dormitory
Coach
Lunch Counter Diner
Coach
Coach
Big Dome Lounge
Coach
Coach
Lunch Counter Diner
Coach
Coach-Observation

October 30, 1955
Train 22 Eastbound Los Angeles to Chicago
60' RPO (Kansas City - Chicago; #80-98;
use WalthersProto #920-13062 or #920-9000)
Baggage-Mail (Los Angeles - Chicago)
Baggage-Dormitory
Coach
Lunch Counter Diner
Coach
Coach
Big Dome Lounge
Coach
Coach
Lunch Counter Diner
Coach
Coach-Observation

Limited-Run Deluxe Edition ATSF 1954 El Capitan Sets!

Celebrated in magnificent form, the 1954 El Capitan is being offered in TWO Deluxe Edition eight-car sets, each with factory-printed car numbers, both completely railroad-ready, with no work needed for operation or collection.

Taking realism to a new level, Deluxe Edition 1954 El Capitan Baggage-Dormitory and Lunch Counter Diner cars come factory-equipped with an exclusive SoundTraxx® Tsunami® SoundCar™ digital sound decoder and speaker! These authentic sounds come right from the train and include wheels and brakes, opening and closing doors, plus unique arrival and departure announcements!

Other features available only on Deluxe Edition 1954 El Capitan cars include:

  • Eight different factory-printed car numbers in each consist, including three coaches per set
  • Factory-installed LED interior lighting as appropriate
  • Over 130 Preiser passengers and crew figures installed throughout the train

Limited to just 300 sets each and sold only as a complete eight-car train, both are completely railroad-ready, with no work needed to enjoy.

Deluxe Edition cars are scheduled to arrive in the same month as Standard models, with the first release expected in December 2016. Individual Deluxe Edition cars vary in price between $79.98 and $185.00 each.

Remember – past Deluxe Edition car sets have sold out in a matter of hours – contact your participating dealer, visit walthers.com or call us at 1-800-487-2467 immediately to reserve yours!

920-814 Deluxe Edition 1954 El Capitan Train - Eight-Car Set #1
Includes one each of these exclusive cars:

73’ Budd Baggage Car #3510
85’ Pullman-Standard Baggage-Dormitory #3479
85’ Budd 46-Seat Coach #2851
85’ Budd 46-Seat Coach #2833
85’ Budd 46-Seat Coach #2816
85’ Pullman-Standard 13-Seat Lunch Counter 20-Seat Diner #1572
85’ Budd Big Dome Bar Lounge #510
85’ Pullman-Standard 42-Seat Coach Observation #3248

920-815 Deluxe Edition 1954 El Capitan Train - Eight-Car Set #2
Includes one each of these exclusive cars:
73’ Budd Baggage Car #3517
85’ Pullman-Standard Baggage-Dormitory #3477
85’ Budd 46-Seat Coach #2855
85’ Budd 46-Seat Coach #2818
85’ Budd 46-Seat Coach #2820
85’ Pullman-Standard 13-Seat Lunch Counter 20-Seat Diner #1569
85’ Budd Big Dome Bar Lounge #506
85’ Pullman-Standard 42-Seat Coach Observation #3246