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Amtrak California II (Surfliner) passenger cars from Athearn Genesis

By | July 1, 2022

Newly tooled HO scale models based on Alstom prototypes

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Amtrak California II (Surfliner) passenger cars

illustration of Amtrak California II (Surfliner) passenger cars
Amtrak California II (Surfliner) passenger cars from Athearn.

Scale: HO (1:87.1)

Price: With dual-mode NCE decoder with lighting functions, $149.99; with dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami SoundCar, $199.99

Era: mid-2000s+

Manufacturer: Athearn Trains, 2904 Research Rd., Champaign, IL 61822, 800-338-4639,

Amtrak California II (Surfliner) passenger car features:

  • All-wheel electrical pickup
  • Business class cars feature upper and lower service areas
  • Cafe cars have kitchen and serving area
  • Dual-mode NCE decoder with lighting functions (non-sound models)
  • End details including train line hoses and head-end power receptacles
  • Interior stair and luggage rack detail
  • McHenry scale couplers
  • Separate colors for floors, walls, seats, tables, and control compartment
  • Sounds recorded from full-size California cars (sound-equipped models only)
  • Tinted window glazing
  • Scheduled for release in August 2023

Car types: Coach car (Pebble Beach, with and without sound) and coach/cafe car (Treasure Island, without sound only)

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