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Late 1960s Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe combined Super Chief – El Capitan is the next WalthersProto HO scale name train

Models to start arriving in mid-2021

Wm. K. Walthers Inc. announced that the late 1960s Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe combined Super Chief – El Capitan is its next HO scale WalthersProto name train. The train will feature Hi-Level cars (making their debut as WalthersProto models) and 11 conventional cars assigned to the combined train from the winter months of 1958 into the early Amtrak years.

Two newly tooled cars will be released in this series, a Pullman-Standard (PS) 85-foot Indian-series 11-double-bedroom sleeper ($94.98, April 2022) and a steam generator car. Other PS models include a 74-foot standard baggage car ($84.98, June 2021); 85-foot baggage-dorm transition car ($94.98, July 2021); 85-foot Pleasure Dome bar lounge ($99.98, November 2021); 85-foot 36-seat diner ($94.98, December 2021); and 85-foot Regal-series 4-bedroom, 4-compartment, 2-drawing-room sleeper ($94.98, January 2022). Models based on Budd prototypes include Hi-Level 68-seat Step-Down coaches with forward and reverse seats (August and September 2021, $99.98 each), Hi-Level diner (February 2022, $99.98 each), Hi-Level Sky Lounge (March 2022, $99.98), and a Pine-series 10-roomette, 6 -double-bedroom sleeper (October 2021, $94.98). All cars in the series are fully assembled with tinted window glazing as appropriate, modeler-installed extended drawbars for 22” radius curves, and factory-installed grab irons. Each car is offered with factory-printed names and numbers or waterslide decals.

In addition to the separate sale cars, Walthers is offering two deluxe edition sets for $1,460 each. The 11-car sets will include a baggage car, baggage-dorm transition car, two 68-seat Step-Down coaches, Pine-series 10-6 sleeper, 36-seat diner, Pleasure Dome bar lounge, Regal-series 4-4-2 sleeper, Indian-series 11-double-bedroom sleeper, Hi-Level diner, and Hi-Level Sky Lounge.

A deluxe edition Denver Connection ($305) is also being offered. The three-car set, based on the connecting train that operated between La Junta and Denver, will include a steam generator car, baggage car, and 46-seat coach.

The deluxe edition sets include Preiser passenger and crew figures (more than 180 in the 11-car sets, 18 in the three-car set) and factory-installed light-emitting diodes as appropriate.

The train is powered by Electro-Motive Division F7A and F7B Phase II diesel locomotives. The models, scheduled for release in December 2021, will be painted in Santa Fe’s warbonnet paint scheme with a combination painted and real metal finish, an offset five-chime air horn and rear-mount firecracker radio antenna on the A unit, vertical grills and louvers, and a 48” dynamic brake fan. Direct-current models (two numbers each) are priced at $189.98 (single A and B units) and $369.98 (A-B sets). Locomotives with an ESU LokSound 5 dual-mode sound decoder are $279.98 (single A and B units) and $549.98 (A-B sets).

Add-on cars for the train and Walthers Cornerstone structures based on Santa Fe prototypes are available separately. To learn more about the WalthersProto HO scale late 1960s combined Super Chief – El Capitan, visit

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