A.F. Product Gallery: 1958 Refrigerator Cars

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24403
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Illinois Central
Road Number:24403
Year Introduced:1958
This model was produced in 1958 and 1959 and has two variations. The common variation has an orange plastic shell, as shown in the front of the photo. The rare variation, produced in 1958, is painted orange, but a shade darker. Because of the rarity of the painted variation, it commands a very high price in today's collector market. The reason for the rarity of the painted model is that it was offered as part of the uncataloged #20151 Simmons Special train set. According to various sources, there were less than 500 of these sets produced. Each set contained two #24403 IC Reefers therefore there are less that 1,000 known to exist.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24409
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Northern Pacific
Road Number:24409
Year Introduced:1958
Was in the catalog as being for sale individually, and was also included in sets. Only one variation was made of this model.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24413
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:American Refrigerator Transit Co (ART)
Road Number:24413
Year Introduced:1958
The #24413 ART reefer was produced from 1958 through 1960, in two variations. One variation's door markings reads: "CLOSE & LOCK DOOR BEFORE MOVING CAR", and had type 3 frame. The second variation's door markings reads: "CLOSE AND LOCK DOOR BEFORE MOVING CAR" and has a type 2 frame, as shown in the photo.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24416
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:North Western Refrigerator Line (NWX)
Road Number:24416
Year Introduced:1958
Was in the catalog as being for sale individually, and was also included in sets. Only one variation was made of this model.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24419
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Canadian National
Road Number:24419
Year Introduced:1958
This model was offered in 1958 and 1959 with one variation that typically came in a Kleer-Pak carton.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:24420
Category:Refrigerator Cars
Road Name:Simmons
Year Introduced:1958
This reefer was not sold separately, but was part of the 20161 Simmons Display Set that contained two of these cars. It was offered as a store premium by a small regional group furniture stores in Michigan only. The Michigan store wanted to further promote the national "Simmons Carload Bargains Sale" that was featured in Life on June 9, 1958. When a second furniture store saw what was happening they wanted to get in on the action. They went to Gilbert to have them make a few sets for them but the contract between the Michigan store and Gilbert would not allow it. Gilbert offered the second store the uncataloged 20151 Simmons Special Set that contained two 24403 painted Illinois Central reefers with a sticker like the logo on the side of the 24420 that could be placed on the side allowing them to use the 20151 set to promote the sale. To date none of the stickers have been found and the painted 24403 IC reefers are as rare as the 24420 Simmons reefers. Some say that there was less than 500 of each set ever made but the exact number is unknown.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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