A.F. Product Gallery: Flat Cars

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: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: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: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
Manufacturer ID:627
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1946
627 flat car with 627 orange beam load which was produced from 1946 through 1950 in nine variations. The variations are broken down into three major groupings. The first grouping consisted of cars produced in 1946 and 1947 with plastic chassis that has three variations. The first, as shown in the photo, has a light gray body with link couplers with thin shanks. The second is like the first except the body is white. The last variation made in 1947 has an unpainted dark gray body with link coupler that have a thick shank. The second grouping has five variations all of which have die-cast bodies that were produced from 1946 through 1950. One was produced in 1946, two in 1948 and two in 1949 and 1950. The third grouping has one variation that was produced in 1950 only with "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" stamped on the side of the gray body instead of "C&NWRY 42597" that was typical of all previous variations.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:628
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1946
The #628 was produced from 1946 through 1953 in nine variations. The variations are broken down into three major groupings. The first grouping consisted of two cars produced in 1946 with plastic bodies. The first, shown in the foreground of the main photo, has a gray body with link couplers that have thin shanks. The second is like the first except the body is white. The second grouping has six variations, all of which have die-cast bodies. Four of the six variations in this group were produced in 1948. One variation was produced from 1949 through 1953. The last has metallic blue body that was produced in 1953. The last variation group consists of one variation produced in 1952. According to Greenberg the 1952 variations of this car and the #636, #643 and #928 all have "presses wood" chassis. It is believed that Gilbert used both Bakelite and/or "pressed wood" on these models in 1952. The model in Photo #2 is a pressed wood (dark reddish brown chassis that was painted gray) variation. Photo #3 shows a close-up of its underside.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:634
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1946
The #634 was produced from 1946 through 1949 and again in 1953 and has 13 variations. In 1946 nine variations had plastic bodies that were either white, light gray, or medium gray. The lamp housings on these nine variations are either black or yellow. Finally the handrails are either tall (13/16") or short (1/2"). In 1947 there were two variation produced; one has a plastic chassis, while the second has a die-cast metal chassis. In 1948, and also in 1949, only one variation was produced. The main difference between the 1948 and 1949 model is with the couplers as the 1948 model has brass weights on the link couplers while the 1949 model has blacked steel weights. Shown in the photo is an example of the 1946 model with a light gray chassis, yellow floodlight housing, and tall handrails. The unit in the rear is a 1948 model with a painted die-cast chassis yellow floodlight housing and short handrails.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:636
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:7210
Year Introduced:1952
This is a pressed-wood reel car. Wile this car was produced from 1947-53 only the 1952 model, shown here, is made of pressed wood; all others are die-cast metal. You can tell from where the paint is chipped off; the chassis is a brownish/tan color confirming that the chassis is pressed wood. This variation is somewhat rare than most and as such is higher priced in today's market. Note the tie-down cables are black elastic bands that pass through the car and are butt-spliced under the car. The elastic bands are very fragile and due to age they are typically broken or become broken when handled. On the die-cast units the tie-down cable a thin metal wire that are attached to bracket on each end of the reel.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:643
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Circus
Year Introduced:1950
The model in the back of the photo is the typical die-cast metal variation which Gilbert produced in 1950-51. In the front is a 1952 pressed wood variation. The pressed wood variation lacks the details such as steps and brackets on the side. The Korean War caused several material shortages, which created a challenge for Gilbert as their toy train line was in high demand. To solve some of the problems Gilbert turned to the use of pressed wood and/or Bakelite for the manufacture of certain flat cars. The substitution did create some issues, such as paint not adhering to the pressed wood and Bakelite bodies as seen in the photo. Once the paint chipped off it exposed either a black chassis typical of a car made of Bakelite, or a brown/tan chassis that is typical of the pressed wood version. There were only four cars produced by Gilbert using either pressed wood or Bakelite. The cars are as follows: 1952-53 #628 CNW flat car with a log load; 1952 #636 Erie/AFL flat car with a yellow cable reel load (wood); 1952 #643 American Flyer circus flat car with circus cages and tractor load (wood); 1952 #928 CNW flat car with a log load (Bakelite).
The second photo by John is the flat car with link couplers, manufactured for about two months in early 1950, then the design was changed. This version (Type A) held the load in place using riveted box car door guides instead of the later wooden blocks. John wrote about his find in the May 2014 issue of the S Say (Rocky Mountain Hi-railers newsletter), and in the November-December 2014 issue of the NASG's The Dispatch. These contain more photos. John has sold the car to another collector since taking the photo.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:715
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:(undecorated)
Year Introduced:1946
The #715 was produced from 1946 through 1954 in ten variations, which are found within three major groupings that are based upon the body and ramp colors. The first grouping produced from 1946 through 1954 contains six of the variations which have a black body and a yellow ramp. Two of the variations were produced in 1946 that have inside power pickup shoes and a silver armored car with white wheels. The third variation, produced in 1948, has link couplers with brass weights, an outside pickup and a Manoil coupe load. The fourth variation, as shown in the photo, was produced in 1949 has blackened link coupler weights, and outside pickup and a camouflaged armored car with black wheels. The fifth variation, produced from 1949 through 1952, has an outside pickup, black coupler weights and Manoil coupe load. The sixth variation produced in 1953 and 1954 has Type 3 trucks outside pickup, black coupler weights, and a Tootsietoy racer. The second grouping produced in 1951 has a gray body and yellow ramp. The differences in two variations within this group are that the first has #715 has Type 1 trucks while the second has one Type 1 and one Type 2 trucks. The third grouping, which has a black body and a blue ramp, was produced in 1952 in two variations. These two variations differ due to their trucks. The first has Type 1 trucks while the second has Type 3 trucks.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:717
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:717
Year Introduced:1946
The Log Unloading flat car was produced from 1946 through 1952 in four variations. The first variation produced in 1946, as shown in the photo, has thin link couplers and an inside track pick-up. The second variation produced in 1947 has thick link couplers with an inside pick-up. The third variation produced in 1948 has link couplers with brass weights and an outside pick-up unit. The fourth variation also with and outside pick-up has a blacked steel weight on the link coupler. "American Flyer Lines" is imprinted on the top surface of the black part of the car. This marking is on one end of the top surface while the number "717" is also on the top surface on the opposite end of the black part of the car. Both markings are imprinted with silver lettering as they were in 1946.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:905
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:(undecorated)
Pre-war (O-gauge trucks). Note the brake wheel.
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model owned by Edwin Kirstatter
photo © Edwin Kirstatter
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:914
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:(undecorated)
Log unloading car.
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Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:915
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:(undecorated)
Year Introduced:1953
This is the knuckle coupler version of #715. It was produced from 1953 through 1957. Most had a black and red body with a yellow ramp. The one pictured with the grey body with a maroon ramp is the less common one. The top surface of the body has painted "American Flyer Lines" on one end and "915" on the other end. The car usually came with a plastic sports car, or (as pictured) a gas tank truck, but, as with the 715, other loads are also known to exist.
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Photo #2
model owned by David Dewey
photo © David Dewey
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:928
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1952
This car was produced from 1952 through 1954. The 1952 model was either made out of Bakelite (see main photo) or pressed wood (see Photo #2). All others were all plastic. In the main photo, note that a good amount of the paint has flaked off. Due to the Korean war shortages, Bakelite was used, but it didn't hold the paint very well over time. This car is one of only eight cars that came with knuckle couplers in 1952. Photo #3 is of a #928 that Holt painted and lettered for the NH. Photo #4 is of a #928 that Ted re-lettered for the SP&S.
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Photo #2
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Photo #4
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:934C&NW
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1953
This floodlight car was made in 1953 and 1954 and has die-cast metal chassis that is either gray or blue-gray with black lettering. The number 934 imprinted on the black floodlight base in the indented area.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:934SP
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Southern Pacific
Road Number:934
Year Introduced:1954
Floodlight Car was an uncataloged item. It has a die-cast metal, tuscan color chassis with white lettering. Unlike the 934 C&NW model, the number 934 was printed on the side of the car as well and in the indented area of the black floodlight case. Also, note the car has additional realistic information printed on the side of the car such as weight and capacity. It is not abnormal for Gilbert to have two floodlight cars with the same number and different road name in different years so these two examples are typical of some postwar American Flyer trains.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:946
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:7210
Year Introduced:1953
The #946 was produced from 1953 through 1956, in six variations. Two of the variations have green motor generators (one is green plastic while the second has a green painted generator). The next three variations all have red painted motor generators. One has chrome-finished lamp housing while the other two have a silver finished light housing. Of these two, one is stamped "NEW 5-29" while the second is stamped "NEW 5-28". The fifth variation has a red plastic motor generator with a silver finished lamp housing, as shown in the photo.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:956
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Monon
Road Number:956
Year Introduced:1956
The #956 was produced in 1956 and 1957 in only one variation. Photo #2 shows the single #956 that has been found with two RISS trailers instead of the A.F. trailers. It came from a RISS store in Maryville, Indiana who also sold American Flyer trains. It is likely that the dealer switched the two A.F. trailers with RISS trailers.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:971
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Southern Pacific
Road Number:971
Year Introduced:1956
This car actually had three different numbers during production, in 1956 and 1957 it was the 971, sometimes found in a box numbered 25015, then from 1958 through 1960 it was the 25016, and then was produced from 1961 through 1964 with Pikemaster plastic trucks and couplers and numbered 25058, which is the most rare version. At first produced with a wire brakewheel (missing on the car in the photo), that was soon replaced with the one-piece all plastic brakewheel. Typical of A.C. Gilbert, the two men earned names, "Moe" and "Joe." in their advertising. This is one of only two Southern Pacific cars that A.C. Gilbert made (the other being the #934 floodlight car).
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model owned by David Dewey
photo © David Dewey
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24519
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
Road Number:24519
Year Introduced:1958
Depressed-center flat car. This is one of the heaviest cars made by Gilbert as it has a die-cast metal chassis.
Photo #2 is Bill Winans' highly-modified car with River Raisin Models trucks, and SouthWind Models transformer load.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24536
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Monon
Road Number:24536
Year Introduced:1958
Piggyback flat car.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24537
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:24537
Year Introduced:1958
The #24537, with pipe load, was an uncataloged car that was produced in 1958 in only one variation.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24539
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:24539
Year Introduced:1958
The #24539 was produced in 1958 and 1959 and again in 1963 and 1964, in six variations. The five variations produced in 1958 and 1959 are as follows. The first has a black painted chassis with silver plastic pipes. The second has a black plastic chassis with Type 10A sintered-iron side frames and silver plastic pipes. The third, shown in the photo, has a black plastic chassis, Type 10 sintered-iron side frames, and silver plastic pipes. The fourth has a plastic chassis and solid non-operating knuckle couplers. The fifth (1958 and 1959) #24539 has a black plastic chassis and silver cardboard pipes. The last variation produced in 1963 and 1964 has a black plastic chassis, Pike-Master trucks and couplers and orange cardboard pipes.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24540
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:24540
Year Introduced:1960
Cardboard pipes. The car was uncataloged, and it came in only two uncataloged sets, which are the #20018 Purity Food Store set and the # 20203 Army-Air Force Special set. Because there were so few of these two sets produced, this car tends to be somewhat rare.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24547
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:24547
Year Introduced:1958
Floodlight flat car. It is a factory error car that should have never been produced. In 1958 the Floodlight Car was to have been the 24549 as shown in the catalogs and in many cases was sold as 24549.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24549
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:24549
Year Introduced:1958
The #24549 Erie Floodlight Car was produced from 1958 through 1966 and has eight variations. The first four of the eight were all produced in 1958-61 and all had knuckle couplers and utilized a die-cast lamp bracket. The first of these four variations has a red motor generator. The second variation, as shown in the main photo, has a yellow motor generator. The third and fourth variations of this group both have yellow generator and die-cast lamp brackets and Pike-Master Couplers. One of these two has the generator secured to the car chassis by means of two screws while the other is secured using a different method. The remaining four variations of the eight were produced from 1962 through 1966, and all have Pike-Master trucks and couplers and steel lamp brackets. Two of these four variations have a black floodlight housing, as shown in Photo #2. One has a 1/8" hole in the center of the chassis that appears to have been a chassis that was intended for another use. The other two have white light housings, except one has a gun-metal-gray steel lamp bracket while the second has the standard silver bracket.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24553
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Rocket Transport
Road Number:24553
Year Introduced:1958
The #24553 was produced from 1958 through 1960 in two variations. The first, as shown in the photo, has red, white, and blue three-piece rockets. The second variation produced in 1960 has red and white one-piece rockets.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24557
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:U.S. Navy
Road Number:24557
Year Introduced:1959
US Navy flat car with Jeep load, #24557, was produced from 1959 through 1961 and has two variations. One variation has a two-piece brake wheel, as shown in the photo. The second variation has a one-piece brake wheel. The jeeps on this flatcar were manufactured and stamped "TOOTSIETOY MADE IN USA". Recently Lionel has reproduced this car.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24558
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Canadian Pacific
Road Number:24558
Year Introduced:1959
The #25558 was produced in 1959 and 1960 in three variations. The first variation, as shown in the photo, has fiber-type trees and a two-piece brake wheel. The second variation has rubber-type trees and a one-piece plastic brake wheel. The third variation is the car without trees.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24564
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Year Introduced:1960
#(24564) is an uncataloged car that was produced in 1960 only and has two variations. This car came in four uncataloged sets, one of which was the #20182 "Prestone Special" set that contained the rare painted #24030 MKT box car. As you will note from the photo the car carries no number imprinted on its sides, thus the Greenberg guide lists the number in parentheses. The two variation have to do with the color and material of the three pipes which are the load for this car. The rarer variation has three orange cardboard pipes, as shown in the photo, while the more common variation has three silver plastic pipes.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24566
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:24566
Year Introduced:1961
There are two versions to this car. The rare version is the one in the photo that has a gray plastic body that was made in 1961. The much more common version has a black plastic body offered in 1961-65.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24574
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:U.S. Air Force
Road Number:24574
Year Introduced:1960
The #24574, with Rocket Fuel Containers, was produced in 1960 and 1961 in two variations. The first variation produced in 1960, as shown in the photo, has sintered-iron trucks and knuckle couplers. The second variation produced in 1961 has Pike-Master trucks and couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24578
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:24578
Year Introduced:1962
The #24578 was produced in 1962 and 1963 in only one variation. The Corvette load is the same one used in the Auto-Rama racing sets less the motor. The Corvette came unassembled with racing number "14" or "51".
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:25045
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:(undecorated)
Year Introduced:1958
The #25045 was produced from 1958 through 1960 in two variations. The first variation, shown in the main photo, has an unpainted black plastic body and a two-piece brake wheel. The second variation has a body that is painted black over a yellow painted black plastic body with a one-piece brake wheel. Photo #2 is the hand-built model (i.e. a prototype of #25045) by the A.C. Gilbert factory for consideration of production.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:25046
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Rocket Launcher
Road Number:25046
Year Introduced:1960
The #25046 was produced in 1960 in two variations. The first variation, as shown in the photo, has a black plastic chassis and a blue or aqua launcher. The second variation has a black painted chassis with a blue launcher.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:25515
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:(undecorated)
Year Introduced:1960
This is the pre-production model of the 25515 Rocket Sled Transport flat car. It has a gray painted body without any markings and the Rocket Sled has a yellow painted body. It also has sintered-iron trucks and knuckle couplers. The common version has a black plastic body with markings in white that read "U.S.A.F. 25515" that was made in 1960-61 with sintered-iron truck and knuckle couplers and in 1962-64 with PikeMaster trucks and couplers. Both are shown together in the second photo.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:(245)65
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:FY&PRR
Road Number:65
Year Introduced:1960
The #(245)65 was produced in 1960 and 1961 in two variations, which are both shown in the photo. The first variation produced in 1960 has sintered-iron trucks and knuckle couplers. The second variation produced in 1961 has Pike-Master trucks and couplers. The 1960 variation in the photo is shown with an original cannon that has hollow shank and a lever on top of the cannon. The cannon in the foreground also has a hollow shank but does not have lever, which was sold by K-Line and made in China. The cannon on the 1961 Pike-Master flatcar is the most common reproduction version often seen with this flatcar however it does not has solid shank and no lever that was made in Japan.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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