American Flyer Cabooses

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:638
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:638
Year Introduced:1949
The #638 was produced from 1949 through 1952 in five red plastic and five red painted variations with the road name "AMERICAN FLYER". In 1953, the #638 was produced with the road name "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" in four variations. In the front row of the photo, the #638 marked AF is an example of the red plastic model from 1949-52. The AF caboose on the left in the back row is a painted variation produced in 1949-52. The caboose on the right in the back row is a red painted AFL caboose produced in 1953. Of the 14 variation, most of the differences in variations have to do with lettering style and body types.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:930
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:930
Year Introduced:1952
The main photo shows three variations of the 1952 #930 American Flyer (not "American Flyer Lines") illuminated cabooses with knuckle couplers. All #930 cabooses, except for one of the two 1952 models, are tuscan. The second unique thing about these is that they are 1952 models with knuckle couplers. Photo #2 shows the underside of the 1952 American Flyer cabooses (the bottom one is the same as the foreground in the main photo, and the middle one is the same as the middle one in the main photo). Note the bottom red unit has riveted couplers, which is an example of an early 1952 model. The riveted style knuckle coupler on early 1952 models can also come in tuscan. These were one of only eight cars produced in 1952 with knuckle couplers. The tuscan painted #930 AMERICAN FLYER LINES caboose was produced in from 1953 through 1957 in six variations, which are in addition to the four variations marked "AMERICAN FLYER". The first five variations were produced between 1953 and 1956. The first variation is painted tuscan over a black Type I body, the second variation is painted over a red Type I body, and the third is painted over either a red, gray, or white Type II body. The fourth variation is painted over a Type II black body. The fifth is painted over a Type IIA black body. The sixth and last variation, shown Photo #3, is painted over a black Type III sheet metal snap-in frame in which the lamp is riveted to the chassis. The sticker on the bottom of the base reads: "TO CHANGE LAMP REMOVE / SCREW FROM END OF BODY". This variation was produced in 1957 only and came in a red and white box marked "24608" as that was the new 5-digit catalog issued to the #930 for 1957.

Photo #4 shows a reworked model by Holt. He turned the #930 into an N5b Pennsylvania cabin car. Fitting the I-beam collision posts into the end braces and changing the side windows were the most difficult tasks. End windows were cut first; inner side windows were blocked, and outer side windows were extended upward, and filled at the base. Plastic I-beam collision posts were trimmed and carefully fitted into the tuscan painted end braces. Flat black Testors enamel was brushed onto the roof. The class N5b cabin decals are from Microscale; they are HO-scale, but correct for class N5b. Flexible plastic glazing and flat clear lacquer completed the project. The Pennsy Altoona shops built most of the PRR cabin cars over the years from their own plans. After 900 steel N5 cabooses were built from 1914 onward, this N5b class of 200 (body length 30'7.5") was built in 1941 (#s 477620 - 477819).
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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