A.F. Product Gallery: Box Cars

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: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:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Akron, Canton & Youngstown (ACY)
Road Number:3404
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Atlantic Coast Line
Road Number:37224
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Road Number:370088
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Burlington Northern (BN)
Road Number:10989
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Erie Lackawanna
Road Number:84433
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:3012
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Evergreen Freight Car Co. (EFCX)
Road Number:2190
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Genesee & Wyoming
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Great Northern
Road Number:71470
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Norfolk & Western
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Penn Central
Road Number:274002
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Pittsburg & West Virginia
Road Number:1220
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Southern
Road Number:74046
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:633
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Road Number:633
Year Introduced:1946
The #633 was offered as a box car from 1946 through 1953, in a total of 22 variations. Six variations were offered in 1946, which have either white sides with tuscan roofs and ends, as shown in the photo (foreground), or they are all tuscan in color. All 1946 models have thin shank link couplers. In 1947, the #633 was either red or tuscan. Both variations have thick shank link couplers. Three variations were produced in 1948, all of which were either red plastic or were painted red. The frames were either die-cast or sheet metal. The second #633 in the photo (background) is a 1948 red plastic model with a die-cast frame. Finally, from 1949 through 1952 there were five variations produced in tuscan painted over a gray body or red plastic or red painted bodies.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:633F
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:G. Fox
Year Introduced:1947
This car was part of the uncataloged 4605F set made for the G. Fox Company. It is reported that there were only 200 made.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:642
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:642
Year Introduced:1951
The #642 box car was introduced in 1951 and also run in 1952, with a total of nine variations. In 1951 both variations are painted red over a white body and there are two variation. One has Type 2 trucks while the second has either Type 3 or 4 trucks. In 1952 all three variations are painted tuscan. One variation is painted tuscan over a yellow body as shown in the photo. The second is painted tuscan over a white body and the third is painted tuscan over a black body. The last four variations all have red plastic bodies also shown in the photo. Two were produced in 1951 one of which as Type 1 trucks while the second has Type 2 trucks. The two 1952 variations have either Type 3 or Type 4 trucks. In 1953 the road name was changes from American Flyer to "SEABOARD", a more realistic name like several other cars in 1953. The 1953 Seaboard has four variations all of which are painted tuscan. One is painted over a clear body with either a flat of semi-gloss finish. The second is painted over a white body with a flat finish. The third has a flat tuscan finish that is painted over a black body. The fourth is a shiny tuscan finish that is painted over a black body.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:734
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:734
Year Introduced:1950
This animated unloading box car was produced from 1950 through 1954 with link couplers (replaced by #974 with knuckle couplers starting in 1954). This model in the photo has been converted to knuckle couplers. Photo #2 shows the other side of the car, which only has one molded-on door. This same body was used for the 973 milk unloading car, but that model's figure inside is dressed in white and is illuminated.
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model owned by David Dewey
photo © David Dewey
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:803
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:803
Year Introduced:1956
During the Gilbert days of S-gauge trains, there was a basic standard to their numbering system. In 1956-57, Gilbert produced seven freight cars that broke from that standard. Prior to this time, all non-operating cars carried a 900 series catalog number. These seven cars were part of three lower priced catalog sets in 1956-57 and were part of a few uncataloged sets. The 800 series cars were not sold separately. There are two variations. One has a Type I frame while the other has a Type II frame. Note the car in the photos (both sides are shown on two photos) is a factory error unit where part of the lettering on one side is missing. Photo #3 shows the basic box car repainted by Bob Comstock in the late-1980s/early-1990s for the Boston & Maine in their 1957-era paint scheme.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:913
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Great Northern
Road Number:913
Year Introduced:1953
#913 was produced from 1953 through 1958. Photo #2 shows a second #913 that was damaged, so Holt repainted it into the Lehigh Valley mid-1950s paint scheme. He used Testors flat enamels for paint, applied Microscale decals and Model Graphics dry transfers, and sealed them with flat clear lacquer. For the prototype, Bethlehem Steel built 1,000 of these 63000-series box cars for the LV in 1950, many of which served for 20 years.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:937
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Missouri Kansas Texas
Road Number:937
Year Introduced:1953
The #937 was produced from 1953 through 1958 in four variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1953 and 1954. It is painted yellow over a clear shell and has either a one-piece or two-piece brake wheel. Variations two and three were produced in 1955 and 1956, and both have painted yellow sides, tuscan painted ends, and roof with Type I sheet metal frames. Type I sheet metal frames have a hole in each corner used by rivets to secure the frame to the body. One of these two variations has a Type 8 truck on one end and a Type 8A truck on the other end. The other yellow and tuscan variation has type 9 trucks. The fourth variation produced in 1957 and 1958 has painted yellow sides and tuscan painted ends and roof. These models have a Type II sheet metal frame. The Type II sheet metal frame uses a screw in one end lower part of the body to secure the body to the frame at one end. On the other end of the car, the tab on the frame fits into a slot.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:942
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Seaboard
Road Number:942
Holt still has the original #942 from his first train set from 1954 (main photo). However, he also came across a somewhat damaged #942, so he fixed, repainted, and re-lettered it for the D&H (Photo #2). The paint scheme is from the early 1950s, as delivered to the D&H by Pullman Standard.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:957
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Year Introduced:1957
This was an uncataloged item. The #957 has only one variation. The one odd feature about the #957 is that the control button has "957" imprinted on it and as such is the only car that has the catalog number imprinted on the control button making this a unique item. In 1958, the #957 was replaced with the #25042. Photo #2 shows the other side of the car.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:970
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Seaboard
Road Number:970
Year Introduced:1956
Animated with a walking brakeman on the roof.
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model owned by Peter Beckerle
photo © Peter Beckerle
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:973
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:A.C. Gilbert
Road Number:973
Year Introduced:1956
The #973 Operating Milk Car was produced in 1956 and 1957 in only one variation. The package box contained the car, a white metal platform, a black milkman, and the #712 Special Rail Section Control with push button. Note that normally milk would have been transported in a reefer, but A.C. Gilbert decided to use a standard box car body for this model.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24016
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Missouri Kansas Texas
Road Number:24016
Year Introduced:1958
"The Katy" box car was produced in 1958 only and has just one variation. This is a very rare car, because it was produced in 1958 only, offered in only two higher-priced sets, and as a separate sale item in a year in which Gilbert dropped the production of many items early in the year due to the poor economic conditions.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24029
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Bangor & Aroostook (BAR)
Road Number:24029
Year Introduced:1958
The #24029 was produced from 1958 through 1961 in three variations. The first two variations both have sintered-iron trucks and knuckle couplers. The first variation, as shown in the photo, is painted over a black body and has door guides that are attached to the body via rivets. The second variation is painted over an orange painted black body with door guides that are attached with rivets. The third variation, produced in 1961, has Pike-Master trucks and couplers with door guides that are attached with metal tabs.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24030
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Missouri Kansas Texas
Road Number:24030
Year Introduced:1960
"The Katy" box car is an uncataloged car that was produced in 1960 only and has two variations, as shown in the photo. The common variation, shown in the front, has a yellow plastic body, while the much rarer variation in the background has a yellow painted body and was available only as part of the 1960 #20182 "Prestone Special" set.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24033
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Missouri Pacific
Road Number:24033
Year Introduced:1958
Only one variation and only produced in 1958.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24047
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Great Northern
Road Number:24047
Year Introduced:1959
Only produced in 1959 in two variations. One variation has either a Type II or Type III frame with a one-piece brake wheel. Shown in the photo is the first variation with a Type III sheet metal frame. The second variation has a Type III frame and no brake wheel.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24048
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Minneapolis & St. Louis (MStL)
Road Number:24048
Year Introduced:1959
Produced from 1959 through 1962, it came in two variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1959 and 1960 and has knuckle couplers. The second variation produced in 1961 and 1962 has Pike-Master trucks and couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24055
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Florence & Cripple Creek
Road Number:24055
Year Introduced:1960
The "Gold Belt Line" was the nickname for the Florence & Cripple Creek railroad. The #(240)55 was produced in 1960 and 1961 which has six variations that is broken down into two major groupings. The first group, which has two variations, has an opening without a door as shown on the car on the left in the back row. The differences in these two variations have to do with the existence of the sticker above the number on the car. The second grouping, which has a non-moving door to the left of the opening, has four variations. The difference in these four variations has to do with the presence of a brake wheel, Pike-Master or sintered iron trucks with knuckle couplers, the placement of the stickers, and the presence of a one-piece brake wheel. In the photo are examples of two of the four variations in the second grouping. The car on the right has knuckle couplers while the car in the front has Pike-Master trucks and couplers. Photos #2 and #3 show a #24055 that Ted commissioned LBR Enterprises, LLC in 2014 to repaint and reletter. In addition, a brake wheel was added along with a weight to the metal chassis. The standard AF trucks and couplers were removed and were replaced with Ficus trucks and couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24057
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Mounds
Road Number:24057
Year Introduced:1962
The #24057 Civil War-style box car was produced in 1962 only, in two variations. The first show, shown in the main photo, has a white plastic body while the second, shown in Photo #2, has an ivory plastic body (the non-operating door is in the open position, which covers up part of the "Mounds" logo).
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24058
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Post
Road Number:24058
Year Introduced:1963
The #24058, offered in 1963 and 1964, has three variations. One variation has the text "Post Breakfast Cereal" (see Photo #2), while a second variation has the text "Post Breakfast Cereals" (see Photo #3). Both variations were produced with an ivory- and while-colored body. The third variation has a cream body with a "marble" finish with lettering that also reads "Post Breakfast Cereal". Photo #4 shows a #24058 that Ted commissioned LBR Enterprises, LLC in 2014 to repaint and reletter. In addition, a weight was added to the metal chassis. The standard AF trucks and couplers were removed and were replaced with Ficus trucks and couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24060
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Minneapolis & St. Louis (MStL)
Road Number:24060
Year Introduced:1963
The #24060 was produced in 1963 and 1964 and has two variations. The first, shown in the photo, has a painted logo whereas the second has a sticker logo.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24065
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:New York Central
Road Number:24065
Year Introduced:1960
The #24065 was produced from 1960 through 1964 in four variations. The first variation produced in 1960 has sintered-iron trucks and knuckle couplers. The second variation produced starting in 1961 for the remaining years has a light green plastic body and Pike-Master trucks. The third variation is painted light green over and orange body. It also has a Type II frame that was modified for a Hayjector assembly that was not installed and has Pike-Master trucks. The fourth variation, shown in the photo, is like the second except the NYC sticker is purple, whereas the normal sticker is black and white. Some believe the normal black area of the sticker turned purple because of sun exposure.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24067
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Keystone
Year Introduced:1960
This is an uncataloged Keystone box car. It is unclear how many were made as it was not sold in any sets either cataloged or uncataloged and it was not sold as a separate item. Some believe it was made as a promotional item for the Keystone Camera Company and given away by them.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24422
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Great Northern
Road Number:24422
Year Introduced:1963
These models were produced in 1963 through 1965 and uncataloged in 1966. The reefer/box car has one variation of the box car, two variations of the unpainted reefer, and three variations of the painted reefer. According to Gilbert's numbering system the box car version should never have been produced with the #24422 number printed on the car. The #244xx series cars were reserved for reefers while the #240xx series was reserved for box cars. Because Gilbert sales and profits were in decline, it is fair to say Gilbert abandoned their own numbering system at least for this series of GN cars. In the photo are four variations of the six that are documented by Greenberg. In the front (left-to-right) is an unpainted reefer with fixed doors, and an unpainted #24422 box car. In the rear row is a painted reefer with fixed doors, and a painted reefer with operating doors. Note the color of the top-right unit is much different from the other three.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:25056
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:U.S. Military (USM)
Road Number:25056
Year Introduced:1959
The USM box car and Rocket Launcher flat car was produced in 1959 only and has two variations. The first variation has door guides on the box car fastened with tabs, as shown in the photo. The second variation has door guides that are fastened with rivets (see second photo, where the two cars both have these types of door guides). The 25056 was the only two-car item sold as a single unit. Secondly, the #25056 featured two operating cars that operated together by using a single track trip and control button. This was achieved by using a two-wire cable between the two cars. The two cars in this set were actually modified versions of earlier operating cars such as the #957 or #973 box cars and the second was a modified version of the #25045 Rocker Launcher flat car. The #25056 was not sold separately in 1959 but was the featured item in the #20525 Defender Set. In recent years, Lionel reissued the Defender Set that included the combination operating boxcar and rocket launcher.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:25061
Category:Box Cars
Road Number:25061
Year Introduced:1961
The 25061 boxcar was produced in 1961 in only one variation. Although the car was produced in the Pike-Master era of 1961, the car came with sintered-iron trucks and knuckle couplers. If one were to elect to use the car on a Pike-Master layout, one would have to use a section of #26700 track and four #26342 Adapter Pins as shown in Photo #2 in order to utilize the #712 special rail section to activate the action of the car. The car would "explode" when the control button was depressed while the trip lever on the car was making contact with the #712 Special Rail Section. Photo 3 shows the "mouse trap" type of mechanism that is held open by means of a solenoid. Once the button is pressed, the solenoid would become energized causing the spring loaded trip mechanism to slam against the sheet metal frame causing a shock to the car frame that would cause the five pieces of the box car body to fall apart.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:25082
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:25082
Year Introduced:1961
The #25082 was produced from 1961 through 1964 and has two major variations. The first variation has an orange painted body mounted on an unmodified type III frame and lacks the Hayjector mechanism. The second major variation has an orange painted body. Within this variation, the lettering is (the most-common) white or (the rare) gray. Both variations are shown in the photo, with the gray lettering model in the foreground. In 1961, the #25082 that was sold separately, came with two track trips; one for new Pike-Master track and a second trip to be used with the older style track (see Photo #2 and #3).
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:C1001
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:White's (WSX)
Road Number:C1001
Year Introduced:1961
1961-62 Gilbert once again broke from their standard where all items carried a 5-digit catalog number. They produced three engines and three cars, many of which were uncataloged. This car was part of the uncataloged set 20212. There were only 200 sets made with one car in each set.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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