Kato offers a "step down coach" which is the same thing as a transition coach with baggage car combo in Phase 3 paint scheme. There's only one problem: it's N scale.
I sent an email to Kato suggesting they come out with an HO version of the same thing. We all might want to do that if everybody here models HO.
I checked InterMountain for a HO Amtrak Phase 3 transition coach, but there's still no sign of one coming up. Is this true? I'll keep checking in the future.
I sent an email to Walther's suggesting they bring the Amtrak HO Phase 3 baggage car back. They replied saying I was the first customer to suggest such a model. Now some of you have said, "I've been bugging them to bring their baggage car back." Talking to them on the phone doesn't do any good. YOU MUST FILL OUT AN EMAIL SUGGESTION FORM with them. Otherwise, your message, as good-intended as it is gets nowhere.
I don't know what to believe? I've called Walther's and talked to their customer service lady. She said just by placing a Amtrak HO Phase 3 baggage car order online that that was good enough to tell Walther's that you wanted it back. Then why did I receive an email from someone else working at Walther's that I was the FIRST customer to suggest bringing back this model from retirement? Screw it!
For a short time, Kato had run out of Amtrak F40PH Phase 3 with DCC & sound # 391 and # 375. They only had locomotive # 400 left. # 391 and # 375 were gone!!!
Kato brought back # 391 and #375 w/ DCC & sound eventually. When they did this, they raised the price by $50.00 per locomotive!!! If you notice: on Kato's screen that # 391 and # 375 are brought back temporarily - that there's a limited number of these left in stock. It doesn't say that about the # 400 locomotive, which I guess they have plenty of.
As far as which Superliner cars should I go with? I guess if you want a uniform-looking train consist, go with Kato, because Kato locmotives are better. Otherwise, it doesn't matter. You can buy an interior lighting kit, along with interiors for Walther's Superliner cars. Yes. Walther's doesn't have the end marker lights like Kato does.
And I don't know about you, but I find it extremely frustrating that I can't find HO Kato Superliner Coach stock #'s 35-6051, 35-6051A, and 35-6051B for sale anywhere online! I want those three coaches, but it looks like I'll never get them, because Michael, at Kato USA said, "Those are being discontinued."
I said to him, "WHAT??? ARE YOU CRAZY??? I WANT THEM!!! PLEASE BRING THEM BACK." But I found that when you yell at somebody it falls on deaf ears. Michael's no exception. I just wish he wasn't the only one holding the keys.