Who's an Amtrak buff?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by TrainNut, May 31, 2006.

  1. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    I have 5 older n scale Amtrak superliners and 4 brand new Kato Amtrak superliners. When you put them together, it makes a respectable train. Thing is, the train I rode on in the late 90's had one of those observation cars with the bubble windows that actually protruded above the roof line of the rest of the train and I would really like to know where to find one but can't seem to. Did they not make an observation car like that for the phase II/III versions? What'sa deal?
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Trainnut: the cars you want are called Vista-Dome or Astra-dome or just Dome. Amtrack never had any made; all they had came from the other railroads (Heritage fleet). Most of the heritage cars were replaced by newer ones. Amtrack did buy some cars with full length upper observation decks in the superliners.
    The traditional dome cars still run on The Canadian, and I think some of the cruise trains have something like them.
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The cars with full length domes that AmTrak has are all ex Santa Fe big domes I think from the El Capitan. I think they are still in use.
  4. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Well someone else was trying to put some seating in some of their existing Con Cor passenger cars and somebody in that thread mentioned Bachman. I took the idea myself and went and had a look and this is what I found....
    While not exactly what I was looking for, it will do I think.

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  5. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Does anyone have any pictures on their layout of the new Amtrak Genesis P42 engine and matching superliner cars? I'm interested in buying the Kato version of both but would really like to see what it looks like on a layout. I know it's a love/hate thing with that P42 diesel...but my son loves the look and I'm trying to decide if I want to shell out the $$$ for the diesel/cars set made by Kato. So check your picture stock and post one!

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