A.F. Product Gallery: #652

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:652
Category:Passenger Cars (coach)
Road Name:Pullman
Road Number:652
Year Introduced:1946
The #652 Pullman Coach was produced from 1946 through 1953, although there is some doubt whether or not they were actually produced in 1946. Of the 15 variations, the two 1947 variations are the rarest. The 1947 variations are painted either green (see main photo) or red. They have long, 6-wheel trucks that are 2-1/2" in length with thick shank link couplers (see Photo #3). The two early 1948 variations are painted either green or red however they have short, 6-wheel trucks that are 2-1/8" long and the coupler have brass weights (see Photo #2). In late 1948 A.C. Gilbert produced three variation of the #652; one was unpainted green plastic while the other two were unpainted tuscan plastic. The difference in the two tuscan units is the number "652" is on the end on one and in the center of the car on the other unit. Beginning in 1949 all #652 coaches came with link couplers with blackened weights. Also in 1949, the #652 was painted green except "652" was located in the center of the car as opposed to being on the end of the sides. Several of the variations (4) were produced in 1949-52. Two of those variations have olive green plastic bodies with short trucks and "652" is printed in the center of the car. The differences in these two have to do with the style of lettering on the car. The other two of those variations are unpainted tuscan with short trucks and "652" located in the center of the car. Like the green variations, the differences in the two tuscan variations has to do with the style of lettering on the car. The final three variations of the #652 coaches were produced in 1953. In 1953, the word "PULLMAN" on the side of the car was moved from the position it held for a number of years. The three new 1953 variations now have "PIKES PEAK" below the windows and "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" above the windows. One variation was green while the other two were tuscan. The differences in the two tuscan models is the word "PULLMAN" on the end of the car which was either printed with thick or thin style lettering. Note that all #652 had the same window and roof ventilators. However, the two sides of the car had different configurations. This is easy to see when comparing the main photo with Photo #2, where one photo shows one side, and the other photo shows the other side of the car.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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