A.F. Product Gallery: 1952 Gondolas

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:931
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.
Photo #2
Photo #3
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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