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Athearn Genesis HO scale Amtrak California passenger cars

By | July 1, 2022

Newly tooled models based on Morrison-Knudsen prototypes built in 1994 and 1995

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illustration of Amtrak California passenger cars

Amtrak California passenger cars

illustration of Amtrak California passenger cars
Amtrak California passenger cars from Athearn Genesis.

Scale: HO (1:87.1)

Price: Single car with NCE decoder with lighting functions, $149.99; with dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami SoundCar, $199.99. Four-pack with NCE decoder with lighting functions, $579.99; dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami SoundCar, $649.99

Era: mid-2000s+

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

Amtrak California passenger car features:

  • All-wheel electrical pickup
  • Cab coaches have original or modified headlight and antenna arrangements
  • Dining cars have upper level serving area and lounge furnishings
  • 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
  • Lighting features include flashing ditch lights, operating red strobe and marker lights, illuminated destination boards, and interior (certain features only offered on sound-equipped cab coaches)
  • McHenry scale couplers
  • Prototype-specific interior details
  • Separate colors for floors, walls, seats, tables, and control compartment
  • Sounds recorded from full-size California cars (sound-equipped models)
  • Tinted window glazing
  • Scheduled for release in August 2023

Car types: Cab coach (Mount Pinos), coach (Sacramento River, Klamath River, and Pit River), dining car (Salinas Valley), and four-car set (cab coach Mount Soledad, coaches San Lorenzo River and Trinity River, and dining car Coachella Valley).

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