A.F. Product Gallery: 1957 Gondolas

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24109
Road Name:Chesapeake & Ohio
Road Number:24109
Year Introduced:1957
Greenberg as well as others such as Doyle's book on American Flyer all state that the #24109 was a 1957 item. Although the 1957 AF catalog listed the C&O Gondola as #24109, the car was not produced in 1957 with that number on the car. In fact if you bought a C&O Gondola in 1957 what you would receive would be a #911 C&O Gondola in a #24108 red & white box. In 1957 Gilbert began using their new 5-digit numbering system that they assigned three numbers to each item for accounting purposes. For the C&O Gondola, the three numbers were 24107, 24108 and 24109 depending on how it was to be sold/packaged. Starting in 1958 the C&O Gondola first appeared with "24109" on the car that came in red & white box with "24109 C&O Gondola" printed on the end flaps. Of the five variations, the first variation made in 1958, shown in the photo, has yellow lettering and silver plastic pipes. The second made in 1959 and 1960 has yellow lettering and silver cardboard pipes. The third variation has yellow lettering and brown plastic pipes. The fourth has yellow lettering with orange cardboard pipes. The fifth variation has a black painted body, silver lettering and silver plastic pipes.
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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