A.F. Product Gallery: Hoppers

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:632
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Lehigh & New England
Year Introduced:1946
In the back row are two of the most common #632 hoppers. On the left in the rear is the common black plastic variation. Some of the cars came with diecast bearing journals, while many that were included in lower-priced sets, came without bearing journals like the one in the photo. Note that the body shows some signs of warping which is typical of many acetate plastic 1946 cars.

The second car in the back row is the gray die cast metal #632 Virginian hopper that did not have the catalog number imprinted on the car. It has four movable sheet metal bottom doors. The postwar Virginian was actually a carryover from the prewar days. In 1939-41, the Virginian was cataloged as #508 and as #K508 in kit form. Unlike the postwar model the prewar model had, the catalog number printed on the upper left side of the hopper and had a different style of lettering.

In the front on the left is a rather uncommon example of a black 1946 LNE hopper with white lettering and a red dot in the center of the LNE logo with die-cast bearing journals.

The illustration in the 1946 catalog shows the #632 hopper as being gray with black lettering, which is shown on the right in the front row. The hopper is actually a bluish gray and in made of die cast metal. This model has metal sheet metal bearing journal like the #632 Virginian Hopper.

Note that the two cars in the rear are resting on early American Flyer blue and yellow boxes. The box on the left is a typical 1946 box with the words "Tru-Model". The box on the left is a later version that has the wording "3/16" Scale" instead.

Photo #2 shows an example of one of the seven other gray plastic variations of the #632 LNE Hopper in the 1946-to-1952 time frame, some of which were light gray while other were dark gray. The first produced in 1946 were light gray, with think shank link couplers and no red dot. The second is similar to the first except it has a red dot. The third produced in 1947 is dark gray thick shank link couplers and a red dot. Two of the variations were produced in 1948 with a red dot and link couplers with a brass weight, one is light gray while the second is dark gray. From 1949 through 1952 two other variations were produced, both have a red dot and link couplers with a red dot. The first is dark gray while the second, as shown in the Photo #2, is light gray.

Some of the #632 hoppers had weights on their trucks to help them track better.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:640
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:640
Year Introduced:1949
The car has weights added to the truck. This was standard on the cars with these trucks from 1949 to 1953. This was likely because the cars were too light and/or a bit top-heavy.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Tom Henderson
photo © Tom Henderson
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:801
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Road Number:801
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. This hopper has two variations. One is like the one in the photo. The second is a factory error unit that is double stamped on one side.
The second photo was taken by Bob Werre of Jack Troxell's model, which he converted to scale, repainted, and applied custom decals to.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:921
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Road Number:921
Year Introduced:1953
#921 was produced from 1953 through 1956, with two variations. The first is painted tuscan over either a black or a white body. The second, as shown in the main photo and Photo #2, is painted tuscan over an "801" hopper and the "B&O" lettering appears on one side only (see close-up in Photo #2). Photo #3 is a C&S Burlington Route car commissioned by Ted Hamler in 2014 produced by LBR Enterprises, LLC. A #921 was repainted, given the graphics, and the trucks and couplers were replaced with Ficus trucks and couplers.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:940
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Wabash
Road Number:940
Year Introduced:1953
The #940 hopper was produced from 1953 through 1956 in only one variation. The car can have either Type 8 or 9 sintered-iron side frame trucks and knuckle couplers.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24203
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Road Number:24203
Year Introduced:1958
The #24203 hopper was produced in 1958, and again in 1963 and 1964, in a total of 5 variations. Three variations, all with sintered-iron truck and knuckle couplers, were produced in 1958. The first of the 1958 variations has a black plastic body. The second has a glossy black painted body and the third has a marbleized plastic body because of traces of white plastic residue that was left in the mold. The two remaining variation, both of which were produced in 1963 and 1964, have Pike-Master trucks and couplers. One variation, as shown in the photo, has a dull black plastic body while the second has a shinny plastic body.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24206
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Road Number:24206
Year Introduced:1958
The #24206 hopper was produced in 1958 only in only that one variation. It is one of the rarest hoppers made by A.C. Gilbert.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24213
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Wabash
Road Number:24213
Year Introduced:1958
The #24213 hopper was produced from 1958 through 1960 in two variations. The first variation has a black plastic body, while the second is painted black over a black plastic body.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24221
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Chicago & Eastern Illinois
Road Number:24221
Year Introduced:1959
The #24221 hopper was produced in 1959 and 1960 in one variation.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24225
Category:Hoppers
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:24225
Year Introduced:1960
The #24225 hopper was produced from 1960 through 1965 and has three variations. The first variation has either an orange-red or a red painted body with sintered-iron trucks and knuckle couplers that was produced in 1960. The second variation, as shown in the photo, has a red plastic body and Pike-Master trucks and couplers. The third variation is painted red over a black plastic body and has Pike-Master trucks and couplers.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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