|The FY&PRR Overland Express Baggage Cars were produced from 1959 through 1960 in three variations. "FY&PRR" stands for "Fifty Years of Progress in Railroading". The first variation, produced in early 1959, is painted yellow over a black body. It lacks the wording "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" on the side of the car and the "OVERLAND EXPRESS" sticker is on the right side of the car, shown in the rear row in the photo. The second variation has yellow plastic sides and ends without door bracing on the doors, as shown in the middle row in the photo, or with door bracing, as shown in the front row in the photo. The third variation has yellow painted sides and ends. It has no cross bracing on the doors and the wording "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" is on the left side of the car and the "OVERLAND EXPRESS" sticker is on the right side of the car.|
A bit of history behind the #(247)30: 1959 was the 50th Anniversary of American Flyer and the #(247)30 was used as one of many promotional items used that year. There were three ways to obtain the car. The first was to buy the car for $6.98 at an American Flyer dealer. The second involved a special joint promotion Gilbert (American Flyer) and Post Cereals. The promotion involved the purchase of Alpha Bits®, Sugar Crisp®, or Grape Nuts Flakes®. Shown on the box in the photo is the original artwork of the Alpha Bits® that shows the end flap that contained a coupon that could be removed and redeemed at an American Flyer dealer for one free #(247)30 car with the purchase of the #20550 set. The third way of obtaining the car was to purchase a #20550 Frontiersman Passenger set and picking up a #(247)30 car in a specially marked package that contained the blue coupon as shown in the photo. The dealer would then remove the coupon and one would get the car for free.
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
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