Chicago & North Western Flat Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:627
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1946
627 flat car with 627 orange beam load which was produced from 1946 through 1950 in nine variations. The variations are broken down into three major groupings. The first grouping consisted of cars produced in 1946 and 1947 with plastic chassis that has three variations. The first, as shown in the photo, has a light gray body with link couplers with thin shanks. The second is like the first except the body is white. The last variation made in 1947 has an unpainted dark gray body with link coupler that have a thick shank. The second grouping has five variations all of which have die-cast bodies that were produced from 1946 through 1950. One was produced in 1946, two in 1948 and two in 1949 and 1950. The third grouping has one variation that was produced in 1950 only with "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" stamped on the side of the gray body instead of "C&NWRY 42597" that was typical of all previous variations.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:628
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1946
The #628 was produced from 1946 through 1953 in nine variations. The variations are broken down into three major groupings. The first grouping consisted of two cars produced in 1946 with plastic bodies. The first, shown in the foreground of the main photo, has a gray body with link couplers that have thin shanks. The second is like the first except the body is white. The second grouping has six variations, all of which have die-cast bodies. Four of the six variations in this group were produced in 1948. One variation was produced from 1949 through 1953. The last has metallic blue body that was produced in 1953. The last variation group consists of one variation produced in 1952. According to Greenberg the 1952 variations of this car and the #636, #643 and #928 all have "presses wood" chassis. It is believed that Gilbert used both Bakelite and/or "pressed wood" on these models in 1952. The model in Photo #2 is a pressed wood (dark reddish brown chassis that was painted gray) variation. Photo #3 shows a close-up of its underside.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:634
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1946
The #634 was produced from 1946 through 1949 and again in 1953 and has 13 variations. In 1946 nine variations had plastic bodies that were either white, light gray, or medium gray. The lamp housings on these nine variations are either black or yellow. Finally the handrails are either tall (13/16") or short (1/2"). In 1947 there were two variation produced; one has a plastic chassis, while the second has a die-cast metal chassis. In 1948, and also in 1949, only one variation was produced. The main difference between the 1948 and 1949 model is with the couplers as the 1948 model has brass weights on the link couplers while the 1949 model has blacked steel weights. Shown in the photo is an example of the 1946 model with a light gray chassis, yellow floodlight housing, and tall handrails. The unit in the rear is a 1948 model with a painted die-cast chassis yellow floodlight housing and short handrails.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:928
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1952
This car was produced from 1952 through 1954. The 1952 model was either made out of Bakelite (see main photo) or pressed wood (see Photo #2). All others were all plastic. In the main photo, note that a good amount of the paint has flaked off. Due to the Korean war shortages, Bakelite was used, but it didn't hold the paint very well over time. This car is one of only eight cars that came with knuckle couplers in 1952. Photo #3 is of a #928 that Holt painted and lettered for the NH. Photo #4 is of a #928 that Ted re-lettered for the SP&S.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:934C&NW
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1953
This floodlight car was made in 1953 and 1954 and has die-cast metal chassis that is either gray or blue-gray with black lettering. The number 934 imprinted on the black floodlight base in the indented area.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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