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The Santa Fe Super Chief

Prototype Information:

In 1935 the Santa Fe inaugurated its premier first class sleeping car only train the "Super Chief". The "Super Chief", often referred to as "The Train of the Stars", was frequently patronized by Hollywood stars because of its fine accommodations, fine dining and fast 39 hr 45 min trip between Chicago and Los Angeles through the rich scenery of the American Southwest. Setting a new standard for luxury rail travel, it quickly became the most recognized train in the United States with its sleek silver and red warbonnet painted F units in the lead.

Feature video:

In the late 50's, the Santa Fe would run the Super Chief and El Capitan as a combined train, with consists that could vary but were often upwards of 18-20 cars. Kato USA has put together a small video presentation featuring this combined consist, as accurately reproduced using cars from both of the classic name train series sets and their supporting add-on packs of cars. Click the image to the left or HERE to visit Kato USA's youtube page and see this train in motion!

Motive Power:

Being long lived units, Santa Fe’s F3’s were continuously being upgraded, with late era revisions having their distinctive “chicken wire” grills replaced by the stainless steel grills that EMD was fitting on their newer F7 productions. These F3’s ended up looking remarkably similar to their later built F7 cousins, though they still retained their early style roof fans.


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Passenger Car Features:

  • Each car has a beautiful "stainless steel" body.
  • The 2013 release has been released along with a brand new tooling type EMD F3A and F3B "late" type pair of locomotives - the first time these locomotives will be released in this style from Kato USA!
  • Each car is equipped with low flange wheels, KATO magnetic knuckle couplers and shock absorber construction for smooth and reliable operation.
  • Pleasure Dome with accurate "straight-shaped dome" and Sleeper-Lounge-Observation with unique illuminated "Super Chief" tailsign.
  • Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of #11-211/212 Interior Light Kit version 2 with White LED.

Current Models:

Stock # Description Road # MSRP
176-1121
New Product  EMD F3A Late Santa Fe Warbonnet 21/19*
$90
176-2121
New Product  EMD F3B Late Santa Fe Warbonnet --
$85
106-078
New Product  Santa Fe Super Chief
8 Car Set
(2013)
Baggage-Express 3455
$210
RPO 85
ACF 10-6 Sleeper "Palm Lore"
Pleasure Dome 502
Diner 606
Dormitory Lounge 1344
ACF 4-4-2 Sleeper "Regal Corps"
Sleeper-Lounge-Observation "Vista Cavern"
106-6005
New Product  Santa Fe Super Chief
4 Car Set C
(2013)
ACF 10-6 Sleeper "Palm Leaf"
$105
ACF 10-6 Sleeper "Palm Path"
ACF 4-4-2 Sleeper "Regal Dome"
ACF 4-4-2 Sleeper "Regal Manor"
* One number comes pre-installed; optional additional numberboards are included to change car number

Click here for a listing of past models (for reference only)

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