A.F. Product Gallery: 1953 Box Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:913
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Great Northern
Road Number:913
Year Introduced:1953
#913 was produced from 1953 through 1958. Photo #2 shows a second #913 that was damaged, so Holt repainted it into the Lehigh Valley mid-1950s paint scheme. He used Testors flat enamels for paint, applied Microscale decals and Model Graphics dry transfers, and sealed them with flat clear lacquer. For the prototype, Bethlehem Steel built 1,000 of these 63000-series box cars for the LV in 1950, many of which served for 20 years.
Photo
Photo #2
model owned by Holt Apgar
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:937
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Missouri Kansas Texas
Road Number:937
Year Introduced:1953
The #937 was produced from 1953 through 1958 in four variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1953 and 1954. It is painted yellow over a clear shell and has either a one-piece or two-piece brake wheel. Variations two and three were produced in 1955 and 1956, and both have painted yellow sides, tuscan painted ends, and roof with Type I sheet metal frames. Type I sheet metal frames have a hole in each corner used by rivets to secure the frame to the body. One of these two variations has a Type 8 truck on one end and a Type 8A truck on the other end. The other yellow and tuscan variation has type 9 trucks. The fourth variation produced in 1957 and 1958 has painted yellow sides and tuscan painted ends and roof. These models have a Type II sheet metal frame. The Type II sheet metal frame uses a screw in one end lower part of the body to secure the body to the frame at one end. On the other end of the car, the tab on the frame fits into a slot.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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