Kato announces another addition to their Classic Trains series in n-scale…
In 1974 Amtrak changed the name of the inherited Super Chief to the “Southwest Limited”. This train contained a mixture of ACF, Pullman and Budd-built stainless steel cars from the original Santa Fe train. Southwest Limited service also included ex-Super Chief single level cars for first class passengers.
This 8 car set will include two newly tooled cars (a Pullman 11 Double Bedroom Sleeper and the Budd 10-6 Pine series Sleeper) which can also be ordered as a separate two car set. The cars are finished in Amtrak’s Phase 1 paint scheme.
Price for the 8 car train is $230. The two car set is $60. Due in the May/June 2016 timeframe, but orders are being taken now.
Motive power for the Southwest Ltd. is EMD’s SDP40F Type I locomotive which hauled the train between 1977 and 1985 and was the first locomotive specifically built for Amtrak. The cowl design based on the proven SD40 was very reliable but suffered from derailment issues at high speed.
Kato will produce this model in both Amtrak’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 paint schemes and in 4 different road numbers (Phase 1 pictured). With the inclusion of this model Kato has done a great job of covering the entire lifespan of Amtrak’s electric and diesel power: ex-PRR GG1’s, EMD’s E9’s from several railroads, Amtrak’s own SDP40F, and F40PH, and the GE P42 “Genesis” and ACS-64 “Cities Sprinter” locos of today.
Expect the SDP40’s in the April/June 2016 timeframe. Price is $125.
In the Publications Department…
This “epic” Museum book is now available for purchase at the ‘Stop. Priced at $20.00
Museum member David Casler, the owner of this micro-press, has assisted the authors through the production aspect of their book.
The book features the three narrow gauge lines that operated in Ouray County: the Ouray branch of the D&GRW, the Rio Grande Southern, and Otto Mears’ Silverton Railroad. The book consists primarily of several dozen essays on various aspects of these historic railroads. The book provides a brief history of each railroad and profiles each piece of narrow gauge equipment that resides on the Museum’s display track along with detailed information on the re-creation of RGS Motor 1.
The authors, Thomas Hillhouse, Rodney Holloway, Bonnie Koch, Keith Koch, Don Paulson, Jim Pettengill, and Karl Schaeffer are all members of the Museum. Edited by Don Paulson, the 110 page book is magazine size, with excellent black and white photographs accompanying each article.
Walthers 2016 Reference magazines for HO and N&Z scale have arrived…and still only $15.95