American Flyer Lines Passenger Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:503
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:503
Year Introduced:1952
#503 Observation Car produced in 1952 has only one variation.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:663
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:663
Year Introduced:1950
Factory-error car made from extruded aluminum. The main body was shortened such that when the curved end was added, it would wind up being the same length as car 660. The nameplate is not centered in the side of the car. By measuring the hole locations for the nameplate with and without the added observation end, the holes needed to be shifted to the right to compensate for the length of the added observation casting. In order to get the holes drilled in the correct position Gilbert created a jig to insert the extruded body into for drilling. It appears that wrong end of the car was inserted into the jig shifting the nameplate holes the wrong way. Only 4 of these "error" cars exist.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:963
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:963
Year Introduced:1953
The AFL Washington Observation #963 without a Color Band was produced in 1953 and 1954 in two variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1953 has a chrome finish over a black body. The second variation, produced in 1954, has a satin silver painted finish over a black body.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:963B
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:963
Year Introduced:1954
The #963B AFL Washington Observation is a satin silver observation car with a Blue Color Band was produced in 1954 and 1955 in only one variation.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:963C
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:963
Year Introduced:1954
The AFL Washington Observation #963C is a satin silver observation car with a Chestnut Color Band. It was produced in 1954 in only one variation.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:963G
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:963
Year Introduced:1954
The #963G AFL Washington Observation is a satin silver observation car with a Green Color Band was produced in 1954 and 1955 in only one variation.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:963O
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:963
Year Introduced:1956
The #963O AFL Washington Observation was produced in 1956 and 1957 with a satin silver painted finish over a black body and an Orange Color Band. The 963O has two variations. The first has a metal nameplate that was used in 1956. The second, produced in 1957, has no metal nameplates as "963 WASHINGTON 963" is stamped directly on to the car body.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:963R
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:963
Year Introduced:1954
The #963R AFL Washington Observation was produced from 1954 through 1958 with a satin silver painted finish over a black body and a Red Color Band. The 963R has three variations. The first was produced from 1954 through 1956; it has the typical red painted band over silver and a metal nameplate. The second is a factory error car where the RED band is repainted over a Chestnut band. The third produced in 1957 and 1958 has no metal nameplates as "963 WASHINGTON 963" is stamped directly on to the car body.
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Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:963S
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:963
Year Introduced:1954
The 963S was produced in 1954 only and has one variation. It is painted silver over black shell.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:978
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:Grand Canyon
Year Introduced:1956
This car was produced from 1956 through 1958, in two variations. The first variation has three steps while the second variation, shown in the photo, has four steps. The #978 is one of a very few cars produced in 1958 that still had the older three-digit number on the car. The #978 was offered in 1958 as #25039 however, none was ever produced with the number on the car. Additionally, the #978 was part of the very rare #24963 four-car set produced in 1958 in which the #978 was packaged in a box with the number 25039 stamped on the end. Today the four-car set (advertisement shown in Photo #2) is extremely rare and commands a very high price. Finally, the mechanism that causes the brakeman to pop out from the rear platform on the #978 is the same as it is on the #977 and the rare #25031 Action Cabooses. The U.S. Patent for the mechanism is 2,861,391, which was filed on May 24, 1956 and approved on November 25, 1958. It is titled "Toy Caboose With Animated Flagman" that lists W. R. Smith as the inventor. Mr. Smith, who holds many Gilbert inventions, was an engineering department employee of the A. C. Gilbert Company.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24833
Category:Passenger Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:24833
Year Introduced:1957
The AFL Washington Observation car #24833 was produced in 1957 and 1958 and again from 1960 through 1962 in two variations. The first variation has "24833" illuminated in the first window. The second variation as shown in the photo has an illuminated "24853" in the first window in place of the "24833". It is apparent that the second variation is a factory error as the window insert used on this variation was the same used on the 1958 #24853 Northern Pacific Observation Car. Could it be this variation was produced in 1958 or was it produced in 1960-62 when Gilbert was attempting to use old inventory of parts?
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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