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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:
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:
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®.
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.