Introduced by Amtrak in April 1989, the Horizon fleet (also known as the Amfleet IIIs) were based on the Pullman-Standard Comet-series commuter cars built since 1970. The new Horizon fleet consisted predominantly of two basic car types – Coach and Dinette – with 86 and 18 cars respectively forming the 104-car order placed with Bombardier.
Over the years, the Horizon cars have remained largely unchanged from their as-built appearance, with the only predominant visual differences being the evolution of the Amtrak paint schemes from Phase III through Phase IVb. However, two key changes that have occurred include the replacement of the original power sliding doors with manually-operated parlor doors, and the replacement of the fold-down stairs with fixed steps.
Super-detailed, as is Tradition:
Rapido brings their experience with passenger car models to this long warranted fleet of cars used for intercity travel across America (and even into Canada). The Rapido cars will feature the same great attention to detail you’ve come to expect, including free-rolling wheels, detailed underbodies, interior lighting and more:
Coach, Dinette, cars available
Full underbody detail
GSI G70 trucks with turned-metal wheelsets
Full interior detail
Accurate painting and lettering
Constant interior lighting in DC and DCC (turn on or off with your Rapido Lighter)
Metal side grab irons