Walthers Super Chief

By | Jan 17, 2017


Walthers Santa Fe “Super Chief” and “El Capitan” named trains are pulled by the “Warbonnet” clad F3 and F7 locomotives.

The full A-B-B-A set of the F3’s. They are all sound equipped with the factory installed QSI sound decoders.


Close-ups of the F3A unit.


Close-ups of the F3B unit.


This is a comparison shot of the Proto 2000 F3’s from Walthers (left), and the Genesis F7’s from Athearn (right). Colors and plating are much more subdued on the Walthers.



Top photo is the Budd 73′ Baggage car. Bottom is the Budd 10-6 Sleeper.



In these two photos I compare the new Walthers Plated Sleeper with the older painted version. You can tell by the way that the two capture the light, that the plated version simulates metal more effectively. Walthers calls this their “Real Metal” finish, so it’s some sort of plating method that goes beyond just silver paint.


I use this busy background to once again illustrate the difference in reflectivity of the Walthers vs. Athearn plating. On the left is the Walthers, on the right is the Athearn. Notice how much more clearly the surface pattern is reflected in the Athearn plating.


This is an older photo I took when I was starting to receive the plated cars. It shows the new Walthers cars being pulled by an A-B-B-A set of the Athearn Genesis F7 locos. I hope to be providing updated photos and video of the entire consist over at our club layout later this week.

Video of the Super Chief at the club:

 

WALTHERS HO SCALE SUPER CHIEF 8 CAR PASSENGER SET WITH EXTRAS RARE

WALTHERS HO SCALE SUPER CHIEF 8 CAR PASSENGER SET WITH EXTRAS RARE
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HO Scale Super Chief F3A-B Set, w/Sound/DCC -- Santa Fe #16C / 16B

HO Scale Super Chief F3A-B Set, w/Sound/DCC  -- Santa Fe #16C / 16B
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$380.00
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Walthers, Super Chief F3A, w/Sound & DCC - Santa Fe #17L

Walthers, Super Chief F3A, w/Sound & DCC - Santa Fe #17L
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$179.98
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27d 9h 9m
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Walthers Proto, HO Scale Super Chief EMD F3A, DCC Ready - Santa Fe #20C

Walthers Proto, HO Scale Super Chief  EMD F3A, DCC Ready - Santa Fe #20C
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$129.98
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Walthers Proto, HO Scale Super Chief F3A, Standard DC -- Santa Fe #20L

Walthers Proto, HO Scale Super Chief F3A, Standard DC  -- Santa Fe #20L
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$119.98
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27d 9h 11m
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Walthers Santa Fe Super Chief Budd 63' Railway Post Office Car 932-9007

Walthers Santa Fe Super Chief Budd 63' Railway Post Office Car 932-9007
Current price:
$71.99
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29d 1h 58m
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Walthers Santa Fe Super Chief P-S 29 Seat Dormitory Lounge Car 932-9004

Walthers Santa Fe Super Chief P-S 29 Seat Dormitory Lounge Car 932-9004
Current price:
$71.99
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29d 2h 0m
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Walthers Santa Fe Super Chief Budd 73' Baggage Car 932-9002

Walthers Santa Fe Super Chief Budd 73' Baggage Car 932-9002
Current price:
$71.99
Ends in:
29d 2h 6m
Seller: eBay
 

Originally posted 2014-09-04 23:32:30.

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2 Comments so far
  1. Mark March 13, 2012 12:32 am

    In terms of performance, which F7 did you like better the Athearn or Walthers? In terms of aesthetics and details which do you prefer? It seems that the red is very bright for my taste on the Athearn, but the plating looks great.

  2. rcgrabbag March 13, 2012 10:14 am

    I prefer the Walthers for a couple of reasons. 1. Working diaphragms between the A and B units. These are are molded-in on the Athearn units and do not move. 2. The Walthers units are the best “crawlers”. Their slow speed performance is unmatched.

    There are some aesthetics on the Athearn models that are preferable. I think the plating on the Athearn models is better, and the red color is brighter.

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