A.F. Product Gallery: Modified Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Akron, Canton & Youngstown (ACY)
Road Number:180
Ed converted this 46-foot A.F. flat car to scale operation. The car weighs 4oz. To convert the car, he replaced the plastic deck with wood boards, added grab irons, cut levers, and complete under-body detailing. The trucks are S-Helper Service ones, and the couplers are Kadee S #902. The load of car wheels were made from Pacific Rail Shops plastic ones replaced with metal wheels. The proper AAR rules for cribbing and blocking was used.
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model owned by Edwin Kirstatter
photo © Edwin Kirstatter
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Boston & Maine
Road Number:33645
This model started of as a 42-foot American Flyer metal casting flat car, with simulated wood decking. The model is based on a 1937 Boston & Maine general service flat, 55-ton capacity, of which 35 were still on the Boston & Maine roster in 1959. Holt repainted the model, installed AF trucks and couplers, and lettered with custom transfer numbers and letters from both CDS Lettering and Model Graphics (Woodland Scenics). The simulated wood decks have been painted with flat gray enamel, and then weathered with brushed brown enamel and flat clear lacquer.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Boston & Maine
Road Number:9680
Holt repainted this model based on the prototype B&M car (there were about 300 of these 43-foot long cars re-built in their shops in 1957 from cars originally constructed during WWII, and lasted into the 1960s). Holt used dry transfers, decals, and a flat clear lacquer for a slightly weathered look.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Boston & Maine
Road Number:S231
Based on a B&M prototype, this car was repainted by Bob Comstock in the early 1990s.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Buffalo Hunt
Year Introduced:1963
The Buffalo Hunt gondola and the Freight Ahead caboose are the only two cars produced by Gilbert that did not have a catalog number. The Buffalo Hunt gondola was produced in 1963 only in only one variation. This unusual gondola was not sold separately and was offered only as part of the 1963 #20800 Game Train set.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:14250
This stock AF repainted model represents one of a 1929-30 class of 48' Greenville & Bethlehem steel gondolas made for the Erie RR. More than 330 were still on the rails in the late 1950s, and some were still running for the merged E-L in the 1970s, with their original Erie markings. Holt started with an AF black Southern RR gondola, and repainted it with Testors flat black enamel, applied an old set of CDS dry transfers for Erie gondolas, and finished it with flat, clear lacquer.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:Freight Ahead
Year Introduced:1963
The 1963 Freight Ahead caboose has two variations. One variation utilizes a Type B frame while the second variation utilizes a Type D frame. The Buffalo Hunt Gondola and the Freight Ahead caboose are the only two cars produced by Gilbert that did not have a catalog number. This unusual caboose was not sold separately and was offered only as part of the 1963 #20800 Game Train set.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:Houston & Galveston Coast (H&GC)
Formerly a Reading caboose, American Flyer converted to scale.
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model owned by Jack Troxell
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Koppers (KPCX)
Road Number:912
The early versions of this Gilbert-produced car (shown at left in the photo) used a heavy metal underframe. The later versions (shown at right in the photo) used a lighter, but more detailed, plastic underframe.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Lehigh Valley
A.F. conversion to scale using Stewart end sills, scratch-built bolsters, milled off deck and replaced with wood.
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model owned by Bob Werre
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Lehigh Valley
Road Number:11027
This model started of as a 42-foot American Flyer metal casting flat car, with simulated wood decking. The model is based on a 1956-60 Lehigh Valley from a series which were equipped with jacks and chains for early TOFC service, then they were used in general flat car service, as modeled here. Late 1950s to early 1960s appearance for this model. Holt repainted the model, installed AF trucks and couplers, and lettered with custom transfer numbers and letters from both CDS Lettering and Model Graphics (Woodland Scenics). The simulated wood decks have been painted with flat gray enamel, and then weathered with brushed brown enamel and flat clear lacquer.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Maine Central (MEC)
A stock AF gondola that has been repainted by Bob Comstock and lettered for the Maine Central.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Maine Central (MEC)
Road Number:7401
Holt modeled this AF flat car after the only general service flat car the MEC had in 1959. He repainted it, and applied dry transfers, and dry-brushed flat enamel weathering on the deck.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Woodchip Cars
Road Name:Milwaukee Road
A.F. gondola converted to scale wood chip car.
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model owned by Bob Werre
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:32162
Also shown with road number 32189. These were repainted by Bob Comstock, and based on the prototypes which were built by Pullman-Standard, PS-1, from 1944. Decals were HO-scale Micro-Scale.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:61072
A stock AF gondola which has been repainted and lettered for the NH in the early 1990s by Bob Comstock. These prototype cars were rebuilt and repainted in 1955 by IRCC, and leased back to the NH.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
X29, converted to scale. Jack added the door tracks, underbody, ladders, roof enhanced, running boards, and end details.
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model owned by Jack Troxell
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
40-foot, AF shell converted to scale using Ace floor, Liberty roofwalk, Liberty brake, Permabilt ladders, and PRS trucks.
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model owned by Bob Werre
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
A.F. converted to scale using wooden floor components, Permabilt ladders, Stewart and Liberty brake components, Rex trucks.
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model owned by Bob Werre
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Pittsburgh & Lake Erie
Road Number:10193
This model is a repainted AF gondola (to model a 55' P&LE gon in its mid-1950s appearance). The model was finished with Campbell Road "S" scale dry transfers, and a flat clear lacquer.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Passenger Cars (baggage)
Road Name:Shabbona
Road Number:7002
This is an American Flyer REA baggage car that Bob converted to scale.
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model owned by Robert Nicholson
photo © Robert Nicholson
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Swift Refrigerator Line (SRLX)
Road Number:15134
Repainted by Bob Comstock in the early 1990s.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Texaco
Pikemaster version. Converted to scale.
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model owned by Jack Troxell
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Union Carbide
Road Number:501
This model had been repainted by Bob Comstock.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Union Refrigerator Transit (URT)
Road Number:3765
Repainted by Bob Comstock in the early 1990s.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Union Tank Line (UTLX)
This model is an example of a kit-bash of an American Flyer tank car. The only part that was left from the original car was the tank itself. The trucks are ACE Archbar trucks, and the couplers are HO-scale Kadee ones. The rest, including the dome, the running boards, and the underframe were scratchbuilt.
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model owned by Edwin Kirstatter
photo © Edwin Kirstatter
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Union Tank Line (UTLX)
Converted to scale.
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model owned by Jack Troxell
photo © Bob Werre

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