A.F. Product Gallery: Refrigerator Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Swift Refrigerator Line (SRLX)
Road Number:15134
Repainted by Bob Comstock in the early 1990s.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Union Refrigerator Transit (URT)
Road Number:3765
Repainted by Bob Comstock in the early 1990s.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Burlington Northern (BN)
Road Number:86422
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Canadian National
Road Number:205300
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Central Railroad of New Jersey
Road Number:567890
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Great Northern
Road Number:71470
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Hershey
Road Number:1000
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Pacific Fruit Express (PFE)
Road Number:78676
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Rheingold
Road Number:54238
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:Kris Model Trains
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Union Pacific (UP)
Year Introduced:1970
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Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:623
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Illinois Central
Road Number:623
Year Introduced:1953
There was only one variation of #623, offered in 1953. Some reports indicate that there was a 1952 version, but Ted has found no such evidence. Trivia: the Illinois Central is the only car that was produced with all four American Flyer number series: 600, 800, 900, and the five-digit number series.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:633
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)
Road Number:633
Year Introduced:1952
These were not in the 1952 catalog. One was red and the other was tuscan.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:639
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:639
Year Introduced:1951
According to most reference guides the #639 was produced in 1951 and 1952, with five variations consisting of three colors. In 1951, the #639 was produced in yellow with no brake wheel and type 2 trucks. One variation has a yellow plastic body while the other two 1951 variations were painted yellow, one over a white or cream body, and the other over a black plastic body. The two remaining variations were produced in 1952, one of which has a yellow plastic body but it has type 3 trucks and a one-piece brake wheel. The second 1952 #639, as shown in the photo, has a cream plastic body with type 2 trucks.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:642
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:642
Year Introduced:1952
The #642 was an uncataloged item in 1952 that has three variations. The first has a red plastic body. The second, shown in the photo, has a red painted body, and the third has a tuscan painted body.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:647
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Northern Pacific
Road Number:647
Similar to #947, except that this one has link couplers.
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model owned by Steve Terni
photo © Steve Terni
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:923
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Illinois Central
Road Number:923
Year Introduced:1954
Produced in 1954 and 1955 and has three variations. Two variations are painted. The most common, as shown in the photo, is marked "NEW 2-37" while the less common painted variation lacks the "NEW 2-37" marking. The third variation is unpainted orange plastic.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:947
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Northern Pacific
Road Number:947
Year Introduced:1953
The #947 was produced from 1953 through 1957 and has three variations. One variation has a two-piece brake wheel. The second variation, as shown in the photo, has a one-piece brake wheel. The third variation made in 1957 and 1958 has a one-piece brake wheel, a slot and screw hole in the body ends, and the lettering on the side that reads, "CLOSE & LOCK DOOR BEFORE MOVING CAR".
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:988
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Norfolk & Western
Road Number:988
Similar to #24416.
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model owned by Steve Terni
photo © Steve Terni
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24403
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Illinois Central
Road Number:24403
Year Introduced:1958
This model was produced in 1958 and 1959 and has two variations. The common variation has an orange plastic shell, as shown in the front of the photo. The rare variation, produced in 1958, is painted orange, but a shade darker. Because of the rarity of the painted variation, it commands a very high price in today's collector market. The reason for the rarity of the painted model is that it was offered as part of the uncataloged #20151 Simmons Special train set. According to various sources, there were less than 500 of these sets produced. Each set contained two #24403 IC Reefers therefore there are less that 1,000 known to exist.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24409
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Northern Pacific
Road Number:24409
Year Introduced:1958
Was in the catalog as being for sale individually, and was also included in sets. Only one variation was made of this model.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24413
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:American Refrigerator Transit Co (ART)
Road Number:24413
Year Introduced:1958
The #24413 ART reefer was produced from 1958 through 1960, in two variations. One variation's door markings reads: "CLOSE & LOCK DOOR BEFORE MOVING CAR", and had type 3 frame. The second variation's door markings reads: "CLOSE AND LOCK DOOR BEFORE MOVING CAR" and has a type 2 frame, as shown in the photo.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24416
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:North Western Refrigerator Line (NWX)
Road Number:24416
Year Introduced:1958
Was in the catalog as being for sale individually, and was also included in sets. Only one variation was made of this model.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24419
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Canadian National
Road Number:24419
Year Introduced:1958
This model was offered in 1958 and 1959 with one variation that typically came in a Kleer-Pak carton.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24420
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Simmons
Year Introduced:1958
This reefer was not sold separately, but was part of the 20161 Simmons Display Set that contained two of these cars. It was offered as a store premium by a small regional group furniture stores in Michigan only. The Michigan store wanted to further promote the national "Simmons Carload Bargains Sale" that was featured in Life on June 9, 1958. When a second furniture store saw what was happening they wanted to get in on the action. They went to Gilbert to have them make a few sets for them but the contract between the Michigan store and Gilbert would not allow it. Gilbert offered the second store the uncataloged 20151 Simmons Special Set that contained two 24403 painted Illinois Central reefers with a sticker like the logo on the side of the 24420 that could be placed on the side allowing them to use the 20151 set to promote the sale. To date none of the stickers have been found and the painted 24403 IC reefers are as rare as the 24420 Simmons reefers. Some say that there was less than 500 of each set ever made but the exact number is unknown.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24425
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Bangor & Aroostook (BAR)
Road Number:24425
Year Introduced:1960
The #24425 reefer was produced in 1960 only and has two variations. One variation has sintered-iron trucks with knuckle couplers. The second variation has Pike Master trucks and couplers. The BAR is a highly prized car, and as such they command a rather high price in today's collector's market. An odd fact about the #24425 is that it was produced in 1960 the year before the Pike Master era yet there is the one variation with Pike Master trucks and couplers, which is hard to explain.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24426
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Rath Packing
Road Number:24426
Year Introduced:1960
The #24426 reefer was offered in 1960 and 1961 and has two variations. One variation has standard knuckle couplers while the second has Pike Master trucks and couplers. This model is a highly prized car, and as such they command a rather high price in today's collector's market.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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