A.F. Product Gallery: 1956 Box Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:803
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:803
Year Introduced:1956
During the Gilbert days of S-gauge trains, there was a basic standard to their numbering system. In 1956-57, Gilbert produced seven freight cars that broke from that standard. Prior to this time, all non-operating cars carried a 900 series catalog number. These seven cars were part of three lower priced catalog sets in 1956-57 and were part of a few uncataloged sets. The 800 series cars were not sold separately. There are two variations. One has a Type I frame while the other has a Type II frame. Note the car in the photos (both sides are shown on two photos) is a factory error unit where part of the lettering on one side is missing. Photo #3 shows the basic box car repainted by Bob Comstock in the late-1980s/early-1990s for the Boston & Maine in their 1957-era paint scheme.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:970
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:Seaboard
Road Number:970
Year Introduced:1956
Animated with a walking brakeman on the roof.
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model owned by Peter Beckerle
photo © Peter Beckerle
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:973
Category:Box Cars
Road Name:A.C. Gilbert
Road Number:973
Year Introduced:1956
The #973 Operating Milk Car was produced in 1956 and 1957 in only one variation. The package box contained the car, a white metal platform, a black milkman, and the #712 Special Rail Section Control with push button. Note that normally milk would have been transported in a reefer, but A.C. Gilbert decided to use a standard box car body for this model.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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