Amtrak Quest


I'm new to the forum, just returning to the hobby after many, many years away. This Christmas, my wife surprised me with a Lionel 15100 Amtrak Passenger Car. Now I'm on a quest to fill out the entire series. We just acquired a 15107 Full Vista Passenger Car and a 8667 Alco B-Unit (non powered). I'm keeping an eye out for Lionel set 11748 which includes:
• 8936 Alco A unit,
• 16095 combo,
• 16096 vista dome (smaller Vista Dome than 15107),
• 16097 observation.

My question is, does anyone know of any other Amtrak cars that go with this series? The series is distinguished from a number of other Lionel Amtrak offerings in that this set uses what Amtrak calls a Phase III paint motif.

Any help appreciated.

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I believe they made two of the small domed vista domes (one came in the set you've mentioned, and one was separate sale) and a 16098 coach car. The 16098 and the 15100 were named Danbury and Temple I think, though I don't know which is which off the top of my head. The dummy A unit you've recently acquired seems to be the hardest piece of the group to find, or perhaps I just wasn't lucky for some time.

Welcome to the forum!

J White
Thanks for the info. Unfortuantely, the 15107 fell thru so I'm still at the start of aquiring the rest of the set. I'm guessing that there is no non powered B unit which might have been nice. I don't know what the motive capacity of the 8936 is but I'm hoping to put enough cars on it to make for a satisfyingly long train.
According to my Standard Catalog of Lionel Trains 1970-2000, the following are listed with Phase III paint:

15100 Amtrak Coach, 95-97
15107 Amtrak Full-Length Vista Dome, 96
16013 Amtrak Combine, 88-89
16048 Amtrak Diner, 91-92
16095 Amtrak Combine, 95
16096 Amtrak Vista Dome, 95
16097 Amtrak Observation, 95
16098 Amtrak Coach, 95-97
16099 Amtrak Vista Dome, 95-97
I know my Amtrak engine out of this set will pull 5 of the cars and it sure acts like it can do lots more. I haven't tried the train out with the dummy engine in tow yet. That will likely more drag than a car.

While not in the same paint scheme, Lionel made an Amtrak baggage car that fits in nicely with these cars. I think the number was 16033.

J White
Thanks to all you guys for the information. I've found pictures of the cars I didn't know about and interestingly, one has no matching paint (16028) and one has the later Phase IV paint (16013). Also, I came across a box car with the Phase III paint (71998) which could fit in.

It's been over twenty years since I had the Lionels out for my son; now its all new again with my grandson. I can't believe the wealth of information and the fantastic resources like this forum out on the web. Thanks guys.

One last note, the reference to the Bloomingsdale set - I'm guessing uncataloged means there's no model number for the "59th and Lexington" car. But you can believe I'll keep my eye out.

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