Shell Tank Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:625
Category:Tank Cars
Road Name:Shell
Road Number:8681
Year Introduced:1946
Both rare models. The one with the smaller lettering in front is the 1946 pre-production model with scale wheel flanges and a different lettering style. In the background is the production model. The pre-production model with the scale wheels, as Gilbert originally intended, caused derailments on their track and switches, so Gilbert went to their standard wheel flanges. The pre-production model had lettering of 80,000lbs, but the production model has a capacity rating of 8,000lbs. There are reportedly only four of these in existence.

The second photo is shows the three major variation of the Shell tank car other than the orange models. In the front is an early 1946 model with a plastic frame that has silver lettering. In 1947 Gilbert introduced the die-cast metal frame to eliminate the warping problem that is shown in the second row. This unit has white letter and was produced in 1947-48. In the third row is the silver variation that was also introduced in 1947 with four variations that were produced in 1947-1950.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24328
Category:Tank Cars
Road Name:Shell
Road Number:24328
Year Introduced:1962
Shell Tank Car was sold in 1962-66. According to all of the current guides there are three reported variations, but in fact there are four, all of which have Type III plastic frames. The first is a bit rare which is painted yellow over a white plastic tank with a black ladder and is missing the typical "SHELL" sticker. The second and third variations are more common. They both have yellow plastic tank bodies and brake wheels with shiny handrails and ladders. One unit has one diamond marker; the other, as shown in the rear of the photo, has two markers. The fourth one is shown in the foreground of the photo, which is not mentioned in the Greenberg reference guide, and has a blue plastic frame.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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