Williams Electric Trains

Williams Electric Trains was established in 1971 by Jerry Williams. Williams acquired much of the former AMT-Kusan tooling from Kris Model Trains. The trains featured in this section were based on that tooling.

On occasion I've been asked how to distinguish between Kusan and Williams rolling stock, since both companies used the same tooling. Kusan rolling stock came with plastic wheels and axles in order to operate on two-rail track. Williams equipped their rolling stock with metal wheels and axles for three-rail operation. Kusan trucks were attached to a freight car using a silver slot head screw. Williams trucks were fastened to a car with a blackened Phillips head screw.

Williams Santa Fe F-7 AA units

Cataloged in 1984 as # 4303, Williams Electric Trains Santa Fe F-7 AA units were made from original Kusan tooling. The powered A unit came equipped with two powerful worm drive can motors and Williams "Sure Grip Traction" system, which consisted of four traction tires (two on each set of trucks). The powered unit also had electronic reversing. These engines are featured in a video on my website pulling nine lighted AMT Santa Fe passenger cars.

Williams U.S. Army and NASA Space Shuttle Sets

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