A.F. Product Gallery: Tank Cars (1-dome)

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Boston & Maine
Road Number:S231
Based on a B&M prototype, this car was repainted by Bob Comstock in the early 1990s.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Koppers (KPCX)
Road Number:912
The early versions of this Gilbert-produced car (shown at left in the photo) used a heavy metal underframe. The later versions (shown at right in the photo) used a lighter, but more detailed, plastic underframe.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Texaco
Pikemaster version. Converted to scale.
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model owned by Jack Troxell
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Union Tank Line (UTLX)
This model is an example of a kit-bash of an American Flyer tank car. The only part that was left from the original car was the tank itself. The trucks are ACE Archbar trucks, and the couplers are HO-scale Kadee ones. The rest, including the dome, the running boards, and the underframe were scratchbuilt.
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model owned by Edwin Kirstatter
photo © Edwin Kirstatter
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Union Tank Line (UTLX)
Converted to scale.
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model owned by Jack Troxell
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Union Carbide
Road Number:501
This model had been repainted by Bob Comstock.
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model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:625
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Gulf
Year Introduced:1946
The main photo shows 625 SEPX and 625 CRCX. Photo #2 shows 625G. These are three examples/variations of the 1951 through 1953 Gulf tank cars. All of which have weighted link couplers and die-cast metal frames. Note that the 625G was an uncataloged item.

Photo #3, #33683, is a custom reproduction of what would have been the 1954 Celanese Tank Car with a tan and yellow paint scheme instead of the correct light green and yellow paint scheme. The car utilized a #635 Shell Tank car, which was repainted, the link couplers were replaced with reproduction knuckle couplers that use split rivets to attach the coupler to the trucks. Note the orange TCA "Altered Sticker" on the bottom of the chassis.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:625
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Shell
Road Number:8681
Year Introduced:1946
Both rare models. The one with the smaller lettering in front is the 1946 pre-production model with scale wheel flanges and a different lettering style. In the background is the production model. The pre-production model with the scale wheels, as Gilbert originally intended, caused derailments on their track and switches, so Gilbert went to their standard wheel flanges. The pre-production model had lettering of 80,000lbs, but the production model has a capacity rating of 8,000lbs. There are reportedly only four of these in existence.

The second photo is shows the three major variation of the Shell tank car other than the orange models. In the front is an early 1946 model with a plastic frame that has silver lettering. In 1947 Gilbert introduced the die-cast metal frame to eliminate the warping problem that is shown in the second row. This unit has white letter and was produced in 1947-48. In the third row is the silver variation that was also introduced in 1947 with four variations that were produced in 1947-1950.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:925
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Gulf
Road Number:5016
Year Introduced:1952
In the foreground of the main photo is an example of an early 1952 Gulf tank car with riveted knuckle couplers. The middle Gulf tank car was produced from 1953 through 1956. Both of these 925 Gulf tank cars have diecast metal frames. The tank car in the background is a 1956 model with a plastic frame. Very few #925 Gulf tank cars were produced in 1952 with knuckle couplers. The ones that were produced in 1952 have knuckle couplers that are riveted to the trucks. Photo #2 shows the underside of all three 925 Gulf tank cars. The bottom one is the foreground one in the main photo, and the middle one is the middle one in the main photo. Photo #3 shows a #925 Ted relettered to an SP&S Trumbull Asphalt car.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:958
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Mobilgas
Road Number:958
Year Introduced:1957
This model is an uncataloged item from 1957 that has two variations. The two variations deal with the date on the side of the car. The first reads "NEW 4-51" as shown in the photo while the second reads "NEW 6-51". In the 1957 catalog, the Mobilgas tank car was listed as #24316 but was not sold in 1957 with #24316 on the car, but instead #958 was produced and sold. One odd thing about the catalog illustration and text is that, while the text states the car/catalog number is #24316, the actual illustration shows #958 on the side of the car.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24309
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Gulf
Road Number:5016
Year Introduced:1958
This plastic frame (Type II) model came with either solid, non-operating couplers (rear) or the standard operating knuckle couplers (front).
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24310
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Gulf
Road Number:5016
Year Introduced:1958
Produced from 1958 through 1960, this plastic frame (Type II) model came with either solid, non-operating couplers or the standard operating knuckle couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24316
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Mobilgas
Road Number:24316
Year Introduced:1958
The Mobilgas tank car was offered twice by Gilbert; the first time was 1958-61, and the second time was 1965-66. The #24316 has eight variations. Four of the variations were produced in 1958-61 and all have Type II plastic frames. Two are painted red over black shells, one of which has a date that reads "NEW 4-51" as shown in the photo. The second has a date that reads "NEW 4-57". The third 1958-61 model variation is painted red over a blue plastic shell while the fourth is painted red over a white shell. The other four variations have Type III plastic frames where the tank is open at the bottom and part of the frame makes the bottom part of the tank body. The first of these four variations was produced in 1960-61 that has knuckle couplers with sintered-iron trucks. The three remaining tank cars were all produced in 1965-66 and have Pike-Master trucks and couplers. These were packaged in "All Aboard" boxes. Photo #2 is of a mint-condition one. Of special note is the fact that factory printed the box' lettering upside-down. Two of the three variations of this group are painted red over a black plastic shell the date on one is "NEW 4-51" and the date on the other is "NEW 4-57". The last car is painted red over a blue painted white plastic shell with a date of "NEW 4-51".
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24319
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Pennsylvania Salt
Road Number:24319
Year Introduced:1958
The second photo is by Holt Apgar. It appears to be a newer (reproduction) version of the same car (the decals are placed in different locations, and the trucks are different).
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24320
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Deep Rock
Road Number:24320
Year Introduced:1960
This car has solid, non-operating couplers. These couplers were offered on just a few low-end cars produced by Gilbert around 1960.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24321
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Deep Rock
Road Number:24321
Year Introduced:1959
The Deep Rock tank car was produced in 1959, with three variations. All of the variations have black plastic bodies. In the front row is the first variation with solid non-operating knuckle couplers shiny handrails, and without ladders, brakes wheel, and diamond markers. The finish on this unit is flat black whereas the finish on the other is glossy. In the second row is the second variation that has black handrails, shinny ladders, and operating knuckle couplers. The third variation in the rear also has operating knuckle couplers, however it does not have handrails, ladders, brake wheels, nor markers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24322
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Gulf
Road Number:5016
Year Introduced:1959
The 1959 Gulf tank cars all came with knuckle couplers. The two differences in these cars is that the more common unit has a solid, non-operating knuckle couplers and a Type II plastic frame like the ones used on the #24309 and #24310. The more uncommon model has a Type III plastic split tank frame where part of the frame makes up part of the tank bottom, as the tank itself is open on the bottom.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24323
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Baker's Chocolate
Road Number:24323
The car with the white ends is rare, whereas the one with the gray ends is more common, although these Baker's Chocolate tank cars, in general, are hard to find.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24324
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Hooker Chemicals
Road Number:24324
Year Introduced:1959
This model was offered in 1959-60, in only one variation. It features a Type II plastic frame, Type 11 trucks with knuckle couplers. The tank body is unpainted orange plastic with a black painted center band. Gilbert used a paper sticker of the Hooker logo on the #24324. The #24324 as illustrated in the 1959-60 catalogs does not have the black center band.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24325
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Gulf
Road Number:5016
Year Introduced:1960
The #24325 was produced as an uncataloged item in 1960 only. There are five variations:
1. Type II frame, solid, non-operating couplers, no ladders, handrails, or markers (see main photo).
2. Type II frame, PikeMaster couplers, ladders, handrails, and two markers.
3. Type III frame (lower, black section), solid, non-operating couplers, no ladders, handrails, or markers (see Photo #3).
4. Type III frame (lower, black section), PikeMaster couplers, ladders, handrails, and two markers (see Photo #2).
5. Type III frame (lower, black section), solid, non-operating couplers, ladders, handrails, and one diamond marker.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24328
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Shell
Road Number:24328
Year Introduced:1962
Shell Tank Car was sold in 1962-66. According to all of the current guides there are three reported variations, but in fact there are four, all of which have Type III plastic frames. The first is a bit rare which is painted yellow over a white plastic tank with a black ladder and is missing the typical "SHELL" sticker. The second and third variations are more common. They both have yellow plastic tank bodies and brake wheels with shiny handrails and ladders. One unit has one diamond marker; the other, as shown in the rear of the photo, has two markers. The fourth one is shown in the foreground of the photo, which is not mentioned in the Greenberg reference guide, and has a blue plastic frame.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24329
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Hooker Chemicals
Road Number:24329
Year Introduced:1961
Hooker Chemical Tank Car was first offered in 1961 and then for a second time as #(24329) in 1965-66. A common practice today is to put the catalog number in parenthesis, if the number does not appear on the car. However, Gilbert assigned #24329 to both releases of the car. The 1961 model has one variation however, within that variation the car can be found with two different shades of orange tanks. The 1965-66 #(24329) model has three variations all of which has no information printed on the tank body, which includes the car number. The first, shown in the photo, is orange, without a black band. However, it has a black platform and blackened unpainted handrails and ladders. The second has a light orange body and a black band. The last variation is a stripped down car made in 1965 only. It is orange and lacks a black band, a platform, handrails, ladders, a brake wheel, and diamond markers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24330
Category:Tank Cars (1-dome)
Road Name:Baker's Chocolate
Road Number:24330
Year Introduced:1961
The Baker's Chocolate model was offered in 1961-62 and had two variations. One variation as shown in the photo has a gray platform while the second has a black platform.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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