American Flyer Lines Cabooses

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:484
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:484
A pre-war caboose of all-metal construction. This is an S-scale model on O-gauge wheels.
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model owned by Edwin Kirstatter
photo © Edwin Kirstatter
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:806
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:806
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 model has two variations, where one has 1/8" lettering while the second has 5/32" lettering.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:934
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:934
Year Introduced:1954
This was an uncataloged item. Since the 934 was assigned to a floodlight series of cars in 1953, Ted believes a mistake was made when assigning a number to the caboose as two different items were not to carry the same catalog number. The 934 caboose is identical to the 938 caboose that was also introduced in 1954, however the 938 was a bobtail style caboose whereas the 934 has a coupler on both ends.
Photo #2 is of a #934 that Holt repainted based on the 1960s paint scheme for the Lehigh Valley, which includes the yellow handrails and ladders, yellow rectangular safety slogans, the peaked narrow rain gutters above the paired side windows, and the narrow rectangular windows on the right side of both ends of the main cabin. HO-scale Microscale decals provided the numbers and lettering. Flexible acrylic sheet was used for the glazing, and a section of brass tube was used for the stack-top cross-piece. Flat clear lacquer sealed the decals, car sides, and the thinned brown enamel roof weathering. The LV's railroad shops built 140 Northeastern type cabeese from Bethlehem Steel kits based on the original USRA design (~1928); phase I production was from 1937 through 1944 at the Sayre shops. This model represents a late Phase-I built in 1944.
Photo #3: Holt extensively reworked another #934 caboose into a New Haven NE6 in McGinnis 1955-58 colors. He cut the end windows, sealed the outer side windows, and re-cut the inner side windows upward and filled the originals. He used decals by Accu-cals and Microscale. He hand-brushed Testors Model Master flat enamel pained, and sealed the model with flat clear lacquer. He then applied the side windows' glazing, and cut a brass tube for smokestack crosspiece. This models an ICC NE6 caboose (#C635-C709) built in 1947-48; McGinnis scheme applied in 1955-58 interval by the Readville Shop of the NH RR.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:935
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:935
Year Introduced:1957
This model was introduced in 1957 in only one variation. In the 1957 catalog on page 18, the #935 is listed as #24619 however, #935 was shown on the side of the car. Secondly, the catalog illustration also shows the lettering and grab irons on the car in white, while in fact #935 has yellow lettering and grab irons. The #935 was the first post-war caboose not to have either white or silver lettering.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:977
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:977
Year Introduced:1955
The #977 action cabooses were produced from 1955 through 1957 in 8 variations. The 1955 variation, shown on the left in the photo, has a metal man and accounts for four of the variations. These variations are as a result of the man having or not having facial features, the patent number (2,861,391) being printed or not printed on the bottom of the frame and the caboose having either Type 6 or 7 trucks. The #977 action cabooses produced in 1956 and 1957, shown on the right in the photo, all have a rubber man that accounts for four variations. The differences in the four variations are result of having either a Type I or Type II body, or Type 8, 8A, or 9 trucks.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:979
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:979
Year Introduced:1957
This model is an operating caboose, in that the brakeman pops out. The model was produced in 1957 in only one variation. Like the #935, the catalog illustration shows the car with white lettering when in fact the lettering and grab irons are yellow. The rubber brakeman on the rear of the caboose is the same one used on late #977 and #25031 center cupola operating cabooses.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24603
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24603
Year Introduced:1957
The #24603 was illustrated in both the 1957 and 1958 catalogs. The #24603 was only produced in 1958 as very few cars were actually produced with a 5-digit number on the car in 1957. The #24603 has two variations as shown in the photos. One has solid non-operating knuckle couplers while the second has standard operating knuckle couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24610
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24610
Year Introduced:1958
Non-lighted. The model shown in the photo has solid non-operating knuckle couplers and typically came with the 1958 #21161 Simmons Display Train set that has two #24420 Simmons Reefers that have solid non-operating couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24619
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24619
Year Introduced:1958
This model was produced in 1958 with only one variation. It is the same as the #935 except with the new 5-digit number that was introduced in 1957, and started to appear on rolling stock in 1958.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24626
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24626
Year Introduced:1958
The #24626 was produced in 1958 in three variations. The first variation is shown in the photo which has a red-orange stripe, grab irons, and no window coverings. The second is identical except it has window coverings. The third has maroon stripe and grab irons.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24627
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24627
Year Introduced:1959
The bobtail #24627 was produced in 1959 and 1960 in two variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, has a red unpainted plastic body. The second variation is painted red over a red plastic body.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24630
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24630
Year Introduced:1960
Bob-tail caboose. The model in the photo has solid non-operating knuckle couplers. Because Gilbert offered the car in 1961 in uncataloged sets, it did not come with Pike-Master couplers and trucks like many other cataloged 1961 cars.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24631
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24631
Year Introduced:1959
The #24631 was produced twice. The first time was from 1959 through 1961 in three variations. The second time from 1963 through 1965 in four variations. In the front row of the main photo are examples of two of the three 1959-61 cabooses with knuckle couplers. On the left is the first variation, which has flat yellow finish, red-orange stripe, and grabs irons. The second variation on the right is similar to the first except it is a bobtail style caboose meaning it has just one coupler (see Photo #2 for the underside view which shows this clearly). The third variation of the 1959-61 group has a shiny yellow finish with red-orange stripe and grabs irons instead of the red-orange as on the two previous cabooses. In the back row of the main photo are two examples of the four variations of the 1963-65 Pike-Master #24631 cabooses. On the left is the first variation, which has red-orange strip and grab irons. The second variation, shown in the back row on the right, while it has grab irons they are not painted and the caboose also lacks the red-orange stripe. The third and fourth variation both have maroon painted grab irons and stripes. The third variation has both of the top steps on one end filled in (The step being filled in is a result of an older mold). The fourth variation does not have the steps filled in.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24632
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24632
Year Introduced:1959
The #24632 was produced in 1959 and has only one reported variation. The 24632 was produced as a bobtail style of caboose.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24633
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24633
Year Introduced:1959
This model was produced from 1959 through 1962, in three variations. The common 1959-60 variation is lighted with knuckle couplers and has "Radio Equipped" posted on the side. The second #24633 with knuckle couplers has no lettering or numbers printed on the car, which was the result of a factory error. The last variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1961-62 has the Pike-Master trucks and couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24634
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24634
Year Introduced:1963
This model was produced from 1963 through 66, in five red variations. Two are painted red over a black plastic shell; one is red painted over a red shell (as shown in the rear of the photo; one variation was lettered, while the other, front of the photo, wasn't); the fourth is unpainted red plastic; the fifth variation is a non-lighted model without window coverings and all plastic wheels.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24636
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24636
Year Introduced:1961
The #24636 was produced from 1961 through 1966 in 14 variations. The 14 variations all exist within six major groupings, four of which the caboose is unpainted red plastic while the two remaining groups have painted cabooses. The first grouping has lettering on the cabooses that is 1/8" high. The group has four variations, the main differences with the cabooses in this group have to do with the steps being filled in or not. In Photo #3, the caboose in the front row is an example of one of the four variations. The second major grouping has one variation with lettering that is 5/32" high. The third grouping, which has two variations, has lettering that is 3/16" high. The difference in the two variations within this group is that one is marked "RADIO EQUIPPED" while the second is not so marked. Both of the variations are shown in the back row of Photo #3. The fourth major grouping has three variations. All of the cabooses in this group have lettering that is 7/32" high. The first variation in this group the caboose is marked "RADIO EQUIPPED", while the second and third variation within this group are not so marked. The differences in these two is that the "M" in the word "AMERICAN" on one of the variations is pointed on top while the "M" on the other variation is flat-topped. See the two cabooses in the back row of Photo #3 as an example of the two different styles of the letter "M". The two remaining grouping are #24636 AFL cabooses which are painted. The source of red painted caboose is uncertain (see the main photo); some experts believe they came from the 20811 set. In the declining years, which started as early as 1961, Gilbert would paint cars to cover up defects in the cars, as the molds grew older. Photo #2 is of the yellow caboose, which was uncataloged. Its exact source is also unknown. It has been reported as being part of some of the 1966 20811 "The Pioneer" 600 sets. The first grouping is of the red painted #24636 that has one variation. The second grouping, which consisted on yellow painted #24636, has three variations. The three variations are a result of the number of steps that are filled in.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24638
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24638
Year Introduced:1962
This caboose was produced as an uncataloged item in 1962, in two variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, has two tabs to secure the frame to the body, while the second has four tabs to secure the frame.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:25031
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:25031
Year Introduced:1958
This action caboose is one of the rarest of all post-war cabooses. The reason being that it was not sold separately even though it was listed in the 1958 catalog. In 1958 Gilbert had an abundance of 977 cabooses and sold them in sets and as separate sale items. The only know source for the 25031 Action Caboose was part a very limited number of 1958 Meteor sets as reported by Dennis Bagby in Greenberg's Guide to American Flyer S Gauge Volume III Sets, First Edition. The 1958 set with an action caboose was advertised as having 25031, however, nearly all sets contained the 977 caboose.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:25052
Category:Cabooses
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:25052
Year Introduced:1958
This model is an operating caboose, in that the brakeman pops out. It was produced in 1958 in three variations. One variation, shown in the photo, has "type 9" trucks while the second has one "type 9" and one "type 10" truck. The last variation is a bit odd in that it actually is a non-operating, non-illuminated caboose with plastic wheels and Pike-Master trucks.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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