A.F. Product Gallery: 1952 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:928
Category:Flat Cars
Road Name:Chicago & North Western
Road Number:42597
Year Introduced:1952
This car was produced from 1952-54 however only the 1952 model, shown here, was made out of Bakelite; all others, including the later models produced with the New Haven road name until 1957, were all plastic (see Photo #2 by Holt Apgar). Note that most 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 Ted relettered for the SP&S.
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Photo #2
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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