A.F. Product Gallery: Passenger Cars (baggage)

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Passenger Cars (baggage)
Road Name:Shabbona
Road Number:7002
This is an American Flyer REA baggage car that Bob converted to scale.
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model owned by Robert Nicholson
photo © Robert Nicholson
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:500
Category:Passenger Cars (baggage)
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:500
Year Introduced:1952
#500 Baggage Car was produced in 1952, and has two reported variations, namely the satin silver, as shown in the foreground in the photo, and the chrome finished variation. There is a report of a satin silver #500 Baggage Car with a #500 nameplate on one side and a #600 nameplate on the other side. The 500-series cars were all made in 1952 as uncataloged cars. The only source of the 500, 501, 502, and 503 satin silver cars is in the 1952 #434 uncataloged "Special Train Set", of which there are believed to be only about 100 to 150 sets produced, making these car very rare. The catalog numbers for all of the 500 series cars were assigned in March 1951. The satin variations are more rare than the chrome variations resulting in a price that is 1-1/2 times greater than the chrome cars, except for the chrome #501 which is extremely rare. The only source of the chrome #500 and #502 is from the 1952 #5205WCX uncataloged set that also contained a #405 Silver Stream Alco and a #661 coach car. All of the 500-series passenger cars are equipped with the spring assist link couplers (see second photo).
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24730
Category:Passenger Cars (baggage)
Road Name:FY&PRR
Road Number:30
Year Introduced:1959
The FY&PRR Overland Express Baggage Cars were produced from 1959 through 1960 in three variations. "FY&PRR" stands for "Fifty Years of Progress in Railroading". The first variation, produced in early 1959, is painted yellow over a black body. It lacks the wording "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" on the side of the car and the "OVERLAND EXPRESS" sticker is on the right side of the car, shown in the rear row in the photo. The second variation has yellow plastic sides and ends without door bracing on the doors, as shown in the middle row in the photo, or with door bracing, as shown in the front row in the photo. The third variation has yellow painted sides and ends. It has no cross bracing on the doors and the wording "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" is on the left side of the car and the "OVERLAND EXPRESS" sticker is on the right side of the car.

A bit of history behind the #(247)30: 1959 was the 50th Anniversary of American Flyer and the #(247)30 was used as one of many promotional items used that year. There were three ways to obtain the car. The first was to buy the car for $6.98 at an American Flyer dealer. The second involved a special joint promotion Gilbert (American Flyer) and Post Cereals. The promotion involved the purchase of Alpha Bits®, Sugar Crisp®, or Grape Nuts Flakes®. Shown on the box in the photo is the original artwork of the Alpha Bits® that shows the end flap that contained a coupon that could be removed and redeemed at an American Flyer dealer for one free #(247)30 car with the purchase of the #20550 set. The third way of obtaining the car was to purchase a #20550 Frontiersman Passenger set and picking up a #(247)30 car in a specially marked package that contained the blue coupon as shown in the photo. The dealer would then remove the coupon and one would get the car for free.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24740
Category:Passenger Cars (baggage)
Road Name:FY&PRR
Road Number:40
Year Introduced:1960
The FY&PRR Baggage Express & Combine Car was only produced in 1960 in one variation. "FY&PRR" stands for "Fifty Years of Progress in Railroading". Photo #2 is of the 1959 hand-built model by F. Tercyak, the A.C. Gilbert factory model room foreman, for consideration of production.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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