Texas & Pacific Gondolas

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:631
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Texas & Pacific
Road Number:631
Year Introduced:1946
The #631 gondola was produced from 1946 through 1953 and has six unpainted green variations and three green or red painted variations. There are two 1946 variations with thin shank link couplers both are dark green one has silver letter while the other has white lettering. The one 1947 variation has thick shank link couplers with a dark green body. The two 1948 variations have link couplers with brass weighted link couplers. One of the 1948 variations is dark green and the other is a very rare gray model (see Photo #3). The last of the unpainted variations was produced from 1949 through 1952 that has a dark green body and link couplers with black link coupler weights. Two of the painted variations were produced from 1949 through 1952 that are painted dark green. One is painted dark green over a green body while the second is painted dark green over a red body. The last painted variation produced in 1952, shown in the main photo, is painted red over a cream plastic body.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:931
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Texas & Pacific
Road Number:931
Year Introduced:1952
The main photo shows three of the five variations of the #931 gondola. The one in the front is the early 1952 version with riveted knuckle couplers, which is the rarest. The middle #931 is a later 1952 version that was painted dark green over a black shell, and used wide letter spacing as did the early variation. The model in the rear of the photo is the more common variation produced between 1953 and 1955. It is lettered using the same method, but it has narrower letter spacing. Photo #2 shows the additional subtle differences between early and late variations. First, above the couplers, the 1952 version had square body ends to clear the coupler (which was common on all 1946-52 gondolas produced by Gilbert), while the 1953-55 version has slanted body ends. A close examination of this photo reveals the riveted coupler which can be seen on the early-1952 car on the right and the later crimped coupler can be seen on the left. Photo #3 shows the underside of the early-1952 model with riveted couplers and a later model with crimped couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24120
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Texas & Pacific
Road Number:24120
Year Introduced:1960
The uncataloged #24120, with very large letters, was offered in 1960 only, in three variations. The most common, shown in the photo, has a dark green plastic body with Pike-Master trucks and couplers. The second and third variations are very rare and are thought to be pre-production samples. The second variation is painted red over a cream plastic body. The third variation is painted yellow over a red-painted cream plastic body and this variation has black lettering.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:C2009
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Texas & Pacific
Road Number:C-2009
Year Introduced:1962
1961-62 Gilbert once again broke from their standard where all items carried a 5-digit catalog number. They produced three engines and three cars, many of which were uncataloged. The light green version in the foreground is common, but the dark green, plastic, model is rare. A third variation exists which is painted dark green over a black shell.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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