A must for every modern Amtrak Superliner train, the ready-to-run Kato Superliner II Transition Sleeper is based on cars that allow bi-level Superliners to be mixed in passenger train consists with low-level cars like diners. It's main spotting feature is a high door and diaphragm at one end and a low-level door and diaphragm on the other. The Superliner II fleet was introduced in 1990 as Amtrak's next generation of its now ubiquitous Superliners. Visually very similar to their older cousins, the Superliner IIs have a host of mechanical and electrical improvements to their design as well as construction. This car features appropriate GSC trucks with real spinning bearing caps, detailed interior, exterior finish that matches other Kato cars and magnetic knuckle couplers. The Superliner II Transition Sleeper also has provisions to add interior lights as well as an optional marker light kit, both soldseparately.
Lighting Options: The Passenger Cars have been designed for the easy installation a marker light kit #958046 sold separately.
The Superliner II order added a sixth car type, the transition sleeper/dormitory. As its name indicates, it acts as a transition between bi-level and single-level passenger cars. Most of these cars have a mixture of crew dormitory rooms and passenger Roomettes on the upper level; crew work space on the lower level; and public restrooms and showers on both levels.
The order for the “Superliner II” cars was later increased to 195 units and all were delivered to Amtrak by 1996. As of 2012, approximately 245 Superliner I cars were still in service and about 180 Superliner II cars were in use across the national system. Five of the Santa Fe Hi-Levels, the cars that inspired the Superliners, also remain in service on the Amtrak network. These Heritage cars, now known as Pacific Parlour cars, were refurbished in the 1990s for use as lounges for sleeping car passengers on the Coast Starlight (Los Angeles-Seattle). The Superliners, in turn, served as the basis for design of the bi-level cars used in California corridor service. Although dimensions are similar to the Superliners, these new units feature additional seating and two sets of doors on the lower level for quicker boarding and detraining.
Prototype Source and Picture by Amtrak.
Perfectly suited to be pulled by Kato's EMD F40PH locomotives
All details factory installed
Metal weights give prototypical heft and momentum
Optional included Kinematic couplers allow prototypical close coupling while still navigating tight radii
Passenger cars have full interior detailing and can be lit with optional 7-504 interior lighting kit
Passenger cars have tinted, flush windows
Designed to easily illuminate marker lights with optional light board #958046 (included with Coach, Sleeper, and Coach-Baggage)
Free rolling, detailed trucks with rotating bearing caps and shock absorber construction
Crisp, elegant detailing
Marker Light board and optional Kinematic close coupling unit