Erie Railroad Flat Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:636
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:7210
Year Introduced:1952
This is a pressed-wood reel car. Wile this car was produced from 1947-53 only the 1952 model, shown here, is made of pressed wood; all others are die-cast metal. You can tell from where the paint is chipped off; the chassis is a brownish/tan color confirming that the chassis is pressed wood. This variation is somewhat rare than most and as such is higher priced in today's market. Note the tie-down cables are black elastic bands that pass through the car and are butt-spliced under the car. The elastic bands are very fragile and due to age they are typically broken or become broken when handled. On the die-cast units the tie-down cable a thin metal wire that are attached to bracket on each end of the reel.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:946
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:7210
Year Introduced:1953
The #946 was produced from 1953 through 1956, in six variations. Two of the variations have green motor generators (one is green plastic while the second has a green painted generator). The next three variations all have red painted motor generators. One has chrome-finished lamp housing while the other two have a silver finished light housing. Of these two, one is stamped "NEW 5-29" while the second is stamped "NEW 5-28". The fifth variation has a red plastic motor generator with a silver finished lamp housing, as shown in the photo.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24547
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:24547
Year Introduced:1958
Floodlight flat car. It is a factory error car that should have never been produced. In 1958 the Floodlight Car was to have been the 24549 as shown in the catalogs and in many cases was sold as 24549.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24549
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Road Number:24549
Year Introduced:1958
The #24549 Erie Floodlight Car was produced from 1958 through 1966 and has eight variations. The first four of the eight were all produced in 1958-61 and all had knuckle couplers and utilized a die-cast lamp bracket. The first of these four variations has a red motor generator. The second variation, as shown in the main photo, has a yellow motor generator. The third and fourth variations of this group both have yellow generator and die-cast lamp brackets and Pike-Master Couplers. One of these two has the generator secured to the car chassis by means of two screws while the other is secured using a different method. The remaining four variations of the eight were produced from 1962 through 1966, and all have Pike-Master trucks and couplers and steel lamp brackets. Two of these four variations have a black floodlight housing, as shown in Photo #2. One has a 1/8" hole in the center of the chassis that appears to have been a chassis that was intended for another use. The other two have white light housings, except one has a gun-metal-gray steel lamp bracket while the second has the standard silver bracket.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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