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Blending big city excitement, down-home charm, Yankee ingenuity and Souther hospitality, Baltimore & Ohio’s famed flagship connected Washington and Chicago for nearly 50 years! The Capitol Limited is ready once more to welcome you aboard an authentic late 1950s consist of 10 streamlined cars _ most available for the first time in plastic – with matching diesel-electric power, as the newest WalthersProto name train.

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Unveiled in May of 1923, the Capitol Limited was Baltimore & Ohio's entry into the three-way fight for the lucrative east coast-Chicago passenger traffic. Unlike NYC and PRR who focused on New York City however, B&O emphasized its Washington-Chicago service, with a connecting New York City train. Popular from the start, The Cap became the premiere train on the B&O, and the East's first streamlined, diesel-powered flagship in 1938.

By 1953, B&O had acquired enough lightweight cars, many coming from canceled C&O orders, to streamline The Cap. Among them were three unique Strata-Dome sleepers making B&O the only road with domes in the east.

To maintain high levels of service and reduce costs in the late 1950s, The Cap was combined with its running mate The Columbian. Usually handling 13 cars, the combined train included a mix of coaches, food service cars, Strata-Domes and sleepers, along with occasional heavyweights when demand warranted.

Following the C&O take-over in 1963, a concerted effort was made to consolidate and modernize passenger service with innovations such as off-peak fares and simplified ticket purchasing.

Although operating as two separate roads, equipment and motive power were freely mixed and matched, but no compromise was permitted in service, which was maintained right to the end in 1971.

A decade later, the Capitol Limited returned as a new Amtrak train, and remains one of its most popular today.

Based on the combined Capitol Limited of the late 1950s with its unique consist that included the famed Strata-Domes, Slumbercoaches, Twin-Unit Diner and other signature equipment behind new E9 diesels, this WalthersProto replica is a fitting tribute to one of America's greatest streamliners, perfect for operating or collecting!

B&O Capitol Limited Passenger Cars

Welcome aboard Baltimore & Ohio's famed flagship, The Capitol Limited - the newest WalthersProto name train in HO scale, featuring:

  • 10 Authentic B&O Cars - Most Available in Plastic for the Very First Time
  • Eight Newly-Tooled Signature Cars
  • New Modeler-Installed Extended Draft Gear for 22" Radius Curves
  • Based on Cars in Regular "Cap" Service from the Late 1950s to 1971
  • Real Metal Finish Simulates Stainless Steel as Appropriate
  • Paint Color-Matched to Original Drift Cards
  • Prototypically Accurate Window Tinting as Appropriate
  • Factory-Installed Steel Grab Irons
  • Car Name & Number Decals
  • Turned Metal Wheelsets
  • Proto MAX™ Metal Knuckle Couplers

Baltimore & Ohio Diesel-Electrics

Roaring across the Midwest or scaling the Alleghenies, B&O's E unit fleet was entrusted to keep The Cap on time, all the time! Replicas of the road's E9 and E8Bm diesels, our models are complete with authentic details, correct paint and lettering, and available in your choice of Soundtraxx® Tsunami® sound for DCC or DC layouts or Standard DC versions, featuring:

  • Limited Edition - One-Time Run of these Engine Numbers
  • Based on Class DP-6 (E9A Units) and Rebuilt DP7-X (E8Bm) Units featuring:
    * Raised B&O Capitol Dome Logo
    * Brass Nathan M5 Air Horn
    * Single Headlight with Flush "Glass" and Gasket Detail
    * Flush Number Boards
    * ATS Shoe on Engineer Side Truck
    * Stainless Steel Side Grilles
    * Full Fuel Tank Skirts
    * Improved Steam Generator Details
  • Available with Soundtraxx Tsunami Sound for DCC or DC Layouts
  • Five-Pole, Skew-Wound, High-Torque, High-Efficiency Can Motor
  • Helical Gears with 12:1 Ratio for Smooth, Ultra-Quiet Running
  • Correct 36" Wheels
  • Easy Multiple-Unit Operation
  • Proto MAX™ Metal Knuckle Couplers
Capitol Limited Consists
Streamlined in 1953, the Capitol Limited remained an all-Pullman train until the late 1950s, when it was combined with The Columbian, which had earlier been combined with The Ambassador. With 10 signature cars (most available for the first time in plastic) and matching E Unit power, it's easy to add the Capitol Limited to your layout or collection with WalthersProto®.
Here are some sample consists to help you get started.

Mid-February 1955
Baggage Dorm Lounge
16-4 Sleeper
16-4 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper - ATSF "Pine" Series (Washington - San Diego)
Heavyweight 12-1 Sleeper
5-3-1 Strata-Dome Sleeper
Heavyweight Diner
16-4 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper
Observation-Lounge-Sleeper

October 1958 - #6 Chicago - Willard Eastbound
Coffee Shop/Dorm/Baggage
Slumbercoach
56-Seat Coach
42-Seat Strata-Dome Coach
56-Seat Coach
16-4 Sleeper
5-3-1 Strata-Dome Sleeper
Kitchen/Dorm (Twin Unit car)
64-Seat Full Diner (Twin Unit car)
16-4 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper
Observation-Lounge-Sleeper

#6 Willard - Washington Eastbound
Coffee Shop/Dorm/Baggage
16-4 Sleeper
5-3-1 Strata-Dome Sleeper
Kitchen/Dorm (Twin Unit car)
64-Seat Full Diner (Twin Unit car)
16-4 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper
Observation-Lounge-Sleeper

June 1965 - #5 Baltimore - Chicago Westbound
Heavyweight 60' Railway Post Office
Heavyweight 60' Railway Post Office
Coffee Shop/Dorm/Baggage/Lounge
Coach
Coach
42-Seat Strata-Dome Coach
Coach (Movie Car)
Coach
Coach
24-8 Slumbercoach
10-6 Sleeper
64-Seat Full Diner (Twin Unit car; Movie Car)
Kitchen/Dorm (Twin Unit car)
Mid-Train Lounge-Sleeper (former Observation)
5-3-1 Strata-Dome Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper
10-6 Sleeper

June 1968 - #5 Washington-Chicago Westbound Express
Baggage: Martinsburg-Chicago
Baggage: Washington-Chicago
Coach
Strata Club (Snack Bar/Lounge, converted Strata-Dome Coach)
Coach
Diner
Slumbercoach
10-6 Sleeper
Mid-Train Lounge-Sleeper (former Observation)
Coach: Washington-Detroit*
Coach: Washington-Detroit*
Baggage: Pittsburgh-Toledo*
Express: Pittsburgh-Detroit*
* To Train #19 at Willard, Ohio

June 1968 - #6 Chicago-Washington Eastbound
Heavyweight Baggage
Coach
Coach
Strata Club (Snack Bar/Lounge, converted Strata-Dome Coach)
Coach
Diner (Kitchen forward)
Slumbercoach
10-6 Sleeper
Mid-Train Lounge-Sleeper (former Observation)
Coach*
Coach*
11-Double Bedroom Sleeper (to C&O #46 at Fostoria for Hot Springs)
* From Train #20 at Willard, Ohio

Limited-Run Deluxe Edition B&O Capitol Limited

From Lunch Counter to Observation/Lounge, this limited-run set is the most realistic replica of the famed Capitol Limited available today! The WalthersProto Deluxe Edition Capitol Limited delivers a complete consist of 10 fully assembled HO Scale cars, each ready to enjoy in operation or on display.

But that's not all — for the first time, Deluxe Edition Capitol Limited cars feature factory-printed car names and numbers in addition to factory-Installed LED interior lighting that operates on DCC or DC layouts, and Preiser passengers (150+ figures total) — a $59.95 retail value per car if purchased separately — yours to enjoy with no extra work needed!

Limited to just 400 sets and sold only as a complete 10-car train, each superb replica includes eight newly-tooled signature models for an authentic late 1950s consist with Baggage-Dorm-Coffee Shop, Strata-Dome Coach, Strata-Dome Sleeper, Twin-Unit Full Diner & Kitchen Cars, 5-Bedroom Buffet Lounge Observation, 16-4 Sleeper, 56-Seat Coach, 24-8 Slumbercoach and 10-6 Sleeper with Fluted Sides.

Deluxe Edition cars are scheduled to arrive in the same month as the standard models, with the first release expected in November 2014. Individual Deluxe Edition cars vary in price between $110.00 and $120.00 each.

Like the original Capitol Limited, we expect this collectible car set to move quickly! Remember, previous Deluxe Edition Name Trains have sold out at Walthers in a matter of hours. For more information on the Deluxe Edition click here. Then check with a participating hobby shop, or call us at 1-800-487-2467 to reserve yours right away.