A.F. Product Gallery: 4-6-2

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:283
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:283
Year Introduced:1954
The plain or non-streamlined version. It represents the 280-series of models. The model was produced from 1954 through 1957. It is both labeled for the C&NW and the American Flyer Lines. It has a plastic boiler and tender. This unit came equipped with light, smoke, and choo-choo sound unit. There are two documented variations.The #28x-series of locomotives can be identified by the bell in front of the smokestack, and large riveted plate on top of boiler (which continued until the end of the #21085 run). The tender body is held on to the floor with tabs. According to Doug Peck, "if you look at the rear corner, you will see a tab that's bent inward a little bit; you need to carefully pry that tab upward so that the entire floor can then be slid up and out".
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:290
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer
The plain or non-streamlined version. It represents the 290-series of models. These have a cast-metal body. One variation has link-and-pin style couplers, and the other variation has knuckle style couplers. All of the #29x-series locomotives share the large round feedwater heater on the top front of the boiler.
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model owned by David Dewey
photo © David Dewey
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:310
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
Road Number:310
Year Introduced:1946
The model was produced in 1946 and 1947, and possibly 1948. It has a diecast boiler and tender. The only operating feature was its functional headlight. There are three variations of #310. The 1946 model, shown in the photo, has "Pennsylvania" printed on the tender in silver and has thin-shank link couplers. The 1947 model has "American Flyer Lines" printed in silver on the tender with the PRR logo and has thick-shank link couplers. A third model thought to have been produced in 1948 has smoke and choo-choo and looks a lot like the 1947 model except it has a brass coupler weight. See second photo for the coupler comparisons. All of the #31x-series of locomotives have the distinctive PRR Belpaire firebox (squarish section in front of the cab).
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:312
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
Road Number:312
Year Introduced:1946
This model was produced from 1946 through 1948 and again in 1951 and 1952. It features a diecast boiler and tender. The 1946 and 1947 models have lettering on the tender in silver and are the same as they were for #310. Those models also had the smoke and choo-choo sound unit located in the tender driven by a separate motor that allowed the unit to smoke and make the choo-choo sound while sitting in the parked position. In 1948 the lettering on the tender read "American Flyer Lines" and it was in white. That model had the smoke and choo-choo sound unit moved to the boiler. By doing so, Gilbert was able to utilize the drive motor to run the smoke and choo-choo unit. Because the smoke and choo-choo unit was now in the boiler, the reverse unit was moved to the tender and as such, the smoke and choo-choo unit could not work unless the engine was moving. There are five-reported variations of #312.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:314AW
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:312
Year Introduced:1949
This model was produced in 1949 and 1950 and was labeled for both the Pennsylvania Railroad and American Flyer. The boiler and tender were made out of diecast metal. The whistle unit is located in the tender and controlled by a separate control box (shown in the photo) with a spring-activated switch, which applies a small amount of DC current to the track that allows the whistle to blow. There are two reported variations of #314AW. The first has a one-piece trailing trucks while the second has diecast trailing trucks. Gilbert pulled the #314AW from the market for two reasons: a pending lawsuit by Lionel for patent infringement, and the whistle unit was an operational repair headache for the service stations.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:350
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:350
Year Introduced:1948
This model was produced in 1948 and 1950. The streamlined B&O "Royal Blue" Pacific has a diecast boiler and sheet-metal tender. In all, there are 14 reported variations. The two 1948 models shown in the photo as well as the other eight 1948 models all have wire handrails while the 1950 models have cast handrails. Due that the fact that the Royal Blue was produced in 1940-41 as #556 as a 3/16" pre-war S-gauge locomotive that utilized three-rail track, there were some leftover tender shells from that production era. Therefore, in 1948 Gilbert used the excess tender shells on early 1948 models as seen on the #350 in the front of the photo. The indented models tend to be the rarest of the #350 except for one of the 1950 models which has "Royal Blue" printed on the tender as opposed to "American Flyer" or "American Flyer Lines" that is printed on all of the other 13 variations.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:353
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:353
Year Introduced:1950
"American Flyer Circus" stream-lined.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:354
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Silver Bullet
Road Number:354
Year Introduced:1954
The satin silver #354 was produced in 1954in only one variation. Unlike the #350 and #353, the locomotive body is made out of plastic while the tender is sheet metal. The #354 is equipped with knuckle couplers, an operating head light, smoke, and choo-choo.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:356
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Silver Bullet
Road Number:356
Year Introduced:1954
The #356 was produced in 1954 in 3 variations. The chrome of satin finish #356 is very similar to the #354 in that it has a plastic locomotive body and the tender is sheet metal. The #356 is also is equipped with an operating head light, smoke, and choo-choo. The three variations are as follows. The first has a chrome finish sheet-metal trucks and link couplers, as shown in the photo. The second has a chrome finish, Pull-Mor traction tire on the rear drivers, sintered-iron trucks, and knuckle couplers. The third, which is very rare, has a satin silver finish and link couplers.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21085
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:21085
Year Introduced:1958
The #21085 was produced from 1958 through 1962, and, according to Greenberg, has eight listed variations. Five of the variations have the C&NW logo on the tender. The differences in these five variations include chassis design, driver material, couplers, and trucks (3 with Knuckle and 2 with Pike-Master). The three other variations reported by Greenberg are the CMStP&P versions that were all produced in 1961/62. All of which have Pike-Master trucks and couplers with the main differences being how the tender and locomotive were connected. The one variation not specifically identified in Greenberg is the CB&Q unit shown in the photo which most likely came as part of the #20813 Western 1200 produced in 1966. There are also reports that some late #21085 also has a tender marked "Reading Lines". Photo #2 has a Milwaukee Road herald on the tender. All of the electrical pickup is through the tender wheels. Photo #3 is of a very late production run of this model, where the white-wall paint on the tires has been omitted. Also, the tender is permanently riveted to the locomotive, no plug, and plastic tender trucks with a Pikemaster coupler.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21099
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:21099
Year Introduced:1958
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21115
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
Road Number:21115
Year Introduced:1958
Supplemental:product documentation
The July 2011 issue of S Gaugian magazine has an article on page 24 describing how to get one of these engines up and running again.
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