A.F. Product Gallery: #625

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:625
Category:Tank Cars
Road Name:Gulf
Year Introduced:1946
The main photo shows 625 SEPX and 625 CRCX. Photo #2 shows 625G. These are three examples/variations of the 1951 through 1953 Gulf tank cars. All of which have weighted link couplers and die-cast metal frames. Note that the 625G was an uncataloged item.

Photo #3, #33683, is a custom reproduction of what would have been the 1954 Celanese Tank Car with a tan and yellow paint scheme instead of the correct light green and yellow paint scheme. The car utilized a #635 Shell Tank car, which was repainted, the link couplers were replaced with reproduction knuckle couplers that use split rivets to attach the coupler to the trucks. Note the orange TCA "Altered Sticker" on the bottom of the chassis.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:625
Category:Tank Cars
Road Name:Shell
Road Number:8681
Year Introduced:1946
Both rare models. The one with the smaller lettering in front is the 1946 pre-production model with scale wheel flanges and a different lettering style. In the background is the production model. The pre-production model with the scale wheels, as Gilbert originally intended, caused derailments on their track and switches, so Gilbert went to their standard wheel flanges. The pre-production model had lettering of 80,000lbs, but the production model has a capacity rating of 8,000lbs. There are reportedly only four of these in existence.

The second photo is shows the three major variation of the Shell tank car other than the orange models. In the front is an early 1946 model with a plastic frame that has silver lettering. In 1947 Gilbert introduced the die-cast metal frame to eliminate the warping problem that is shown in the second row. This unit has white letter and was produced in 1947-48. In the third row is the silver variation that was also introduced in 1947 with four variations that were produced in 1947-1950.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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