A.F. Product Gallery: GP7

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:370
Category:GP7
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:370
Year Introduced:1950
This second photo is not of the complete 370, but it shows a Gilbert prototype using that model's chassis, without the typical weight and the conventional old style reversing unit. This was done to make room for the brass bell assembly. In place of the typical reversing unit the factory designers/inventors installed a slide switch for manual reversing of the loco. Eventually this bell ringer mechanism was available in the 1959 (21)234 C&O Bell Ringer Locomotive that was part of the 1959 Defender Set.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:374/375
Category:GP7
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:375
Year Introduced:1953
The photo shows two #375 models. The pair usually came as #374 and #375 where one was powered and the other not, but the shells could easily be reversed. This photo also shows the different styles of lettering fonts used. The dummy #375 sits on a #377 chassis (watch out for that when you buy these models).
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model owned by David Dewey
photo © David Dewey
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:375
Category:GP7
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:375
Year Introduced:1953
This is the first KC-produced GP engine, and it's rather rare. It came with a horn. Reproductions of it are rampant; the date stamp in the shell is about the only way to authenticate one.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:377
Category:GP7
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:377, 378
Year Introduced:1956
#377 and #378 had the same paint scheme as #375. A single motor in one unit, and horn and roar sound in the other unit.
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Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:3745
Category:GP7
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Road Number:374, 375
Year Introduced:1954
GP in T & P orange & black livery, dual units with one being powered (single motor) and horn, other being the dummy, one numbered 374, the other 375. The factory seemed confused and put the powered chassis in either numbered shell.
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Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21234
Category:GP7
Road Name:Chesapeake & Ohio
Road Number:234
Year Introduced:1959
The #(21)234 GP7 was produced from 1959 through 1961, and it includes two variations. The first variation produced in 1959 and 1960, as shown in the photo, has long steps. The second variation produced in 1961 has short steps. The reason for the short steps is that when Gilbert went to the new Pike-Master systems, the radius of the track was such that the steps had to be shortened to allow to the GP7 to negotiate the curves of the new Pike-Master track. Both variations have a bell located inside the chassis with a clapper that is attached to the axle so the bell rings as the locomotive moves. The second photo shows both the pre-production model in the front and the production model with the yellow chassis in the rear. Because of this feature, this locomotive has the nickname the "Bell Ringer".
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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