Amtrak Vista Dome Car (G Scale) LGB - 36603
Special series for the anniversary "50 Years of Amtrak".
This is a model of a streamliner vista dome car for the American passenger train company Amtrak. The paint scheme and lettering are prototypical for Era IV.
The car has a factory-installed complete interior and interior lighting.
It also has metal wheelsets, 2 of them ball-bearing wheelsets for current pickup.
Length 76 cm / 29-15/16".
The locomotives to go with this car are available under item numbers 21580, 21581, and 21582.
A typical express train from Era IV – such as the famous "Sunset Limited" – can be made with the other new Amtrak cars.
Article No. 21580 Amtrak F7A Diesel Locomotive
As early as the Thirties, passenger traffic in the USA was increasingly shifting from the railroad to the automobile and airplane. Amtrak was founded in 1971 to avoid the total demise of passenger train service, a partially government-owned company that took over passenger service from the railroads, which were mainly focused on freight service. Existing motive power and rolling stock were taken over from the predecessor railroads for this operation, thus the famous F7 and streamliner express train passenger cars. These units were quickly painted in a new look with silver basic colour and red/white/blue stripes. Service was started in May of 1971 with this motive power and rolling stock, whereby some of the famous names of the trains were kept. There thus continued to be the "Sunset Limited", which ran between New Orleans and Los Angeles. Naturally, newer locomotives with the Superliner bi-level cars are currently running on Amtrak, but our models show how everything began 50 years ago.
Article No. 21581 Amtrak F7 B Diesel Locomotive
Article No. 21582 Amtrak F7A Diesel Locomotive
Article No. 27632 Amtrak Diesel Locomotive
Article No. 36600 Amtrak Baggage Car
At its founding in 1971, Amtrak took over a variety of types of express train passenger cars from the predecessor railroads so that many trains were assembled from all kinds of cars. Naturally, an attempt was made at least with the great express trains to reach a relatively unified look in which mostly the same types of cars were used. However, even with an externally uniform look, all kinds of car types were assigned in such a train – starting with standard coaches to baggage cars as well as a dining car, there was one or several vista dome cars – and finally at the end of the train the observation car with its observation salon. Even if the great luxury of the predecessor trains was already history, a part of it lived on with these cars – at least in the long-distance trains.
Article No. 36601 Amtrak Coach Passenger Car
Article No. 36602 Amtrak Coach Passenger Car
Article No. 36603 Amtrak Vista Dome Car
Article No. 36604 Amtrak Dining Car
Article No. 36605 Amtrak Observation Car