A.F. Product Gallery: 1946 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:715
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:(undecorated)
Year Introduced:1946
The #715 was produced from 1946 through 1954 in ten variations, which are found within three major groupings that are based upon the body and ramp colors. The first grouping produced from 1946 through 1954 contains six of the variations which have a black body and a yellow ramp. Two of the variations were produced in 1946 that have inside power pickup shoes and a silver armored car with white wheels. The third variation, produced in 1948, has link couplers with brass weights, an outside pickup and a Manoil coupe load. The fourth variation, as shown in the photo, was produced in 1949 has blackened link coupler weights, and outside pickup and a camouflaged armored car with black wheels. The fifth variation, produced from 1949 through 1952, has an outside pickup, black coupler weights and Manoil coupe load. The sixth variation produced in 1953 and 1954 has Type 3 trucks outside pickup, black coupler weights, and a Tootsietoy racer. The second grouping produced in 1951 has a gray body and yellow ramp. The differences in two variations within this group are that the first has #715 has Type 1 trucks while the second has one Type 1 and one Type 2 trucks. The third grouping, which has a black body and a blue ramp, was produced in 1952 in two variations. These two variations differ due to their trucks. The first has Type 1 trucks while the second has Type 3 trucks.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:717
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:717
Year Introduced:1946
The Log Unloading flat car was produced from 1946 through 1952 in four variations. The first variation produced in 1946, as shown in the photo, has thin link couplers and an inside track pick-up. The second variation produced in 1947 has thick link couplers with an inside pick-up. The third variation produced in 1948 has link couplers with brass weights and an outside pick-up unit. The fourth variation also with and outside pick-up has a blacked steel weight on the link coupler. "American Flyer Lines" is imprinted on the top surface of the black part of the car. This marking is on one end of the top surface while the number "717" is also on the top surface on the opposite end of the black part of the car. Both markings are imprinted with silver lettering as they were in 1946.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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