A.F. Product Gallery: 1956 Gondolas

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:804
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Norfolk & Western
Road Number:804
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.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:805
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
Road Number:805
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 is Tuscan plastic while the other is painted Tuscan. The second photo is by Holt Apgar, showing the original AF car in the background, and a repainted version which Holt lettered for the PRR G29 class and an appropriate road #359420 (mid-1950s tuscan red appearance).
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:916
Category:Gondolas
Road Name:Delaware & Hudson
Road Number:916
Year Introduced:1956
The #916 gondola was offered in 1956 and 1957 and has two variations. One variation has capacity markings that read: "LT.WT. 52900" and "CU FT4316". The second variation has capacity markings as follows: "LT.WT. 52300" and "CU FT 4318". Photo #2 shows the same model in the background, with the foreground model being the one that Holt modified to match the prototype for these D&H cars in the mid-1950s. Hold used decals by Highball Graphics and Microscale, as well as dry-transfer numbers by Model Graphics. Flat clear lacquer sealed everything and provided a slightly weathered appearance. The D&H used road numbers #15900 through 15914, and #15950 through 15969 for its 35 gondolas modified for cement canister duty.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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