A.F. Product Gallery: PA-1

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:362
Category:PA-1
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:360
Year Introduced:1950
The PA was A.C. Gilbert's first diesel model, with Santa Fe being the first road name used. The first paint scheme was the all-chrome one, then later the Warbonnet version was added. The red-and-silver paint scheme was introduced later and was manufactured for 12 years. Both A- and B-units were made. The #360/#361 set of the A-B-units, shown in the photo, were cataloged as "#362" (shown in the catalog with red stripe and the Santa Fe Warbonnet). Of the six variations, only three have the Warbonnet. The unit in the photo without the Warbonnet is unusual as is it has a yellowish chrome-finish with wire handrails. It was produced for only a few months in 1950 making it the rarest of all of the #360/361.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:405
Category:PA-1
Road Name:American Flyer
Year Introduced:1952
The 1952 Silver Streak PA has three variations none of which has the number printed on the unit. The rarest of all has a yellow stripe on the side. Originally the Silver Streak was intended to be produced as a Burlington Route locomotive as indicated by the cover of the 1952 Advance Catalog #D1667. Apparently, the deal between the CB&Q and Gilbert broke down late in the game so the road name was changed to the "Silver Streak".
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:466
Category:PA-1
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Year Introduced:1953
"Silver Comet".
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model owned by Steve Terni
photo © Steve Terni
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:4713
Category:PA-1
Road Name:American Flyer Lines
Year Introduced:1953
The PA/PB Santa Fe units were produced from 1953 through 1958. Only the 1953 unit, shown in the photo, has the chrome finish with the red Warbonnet. Starting in 1954, the Santa Fe chrome finish was changed to a satin silver finish with a red Warbonnet, as there were issues with the chrome finish which tended to chip and flake off. Catalog numbers #470, #471, and #473 in the set are shown in the photo. Photo #2 is of the same models, but from a different angle.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:4856
Category:PA-1
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:484, 485, 486
Year Introduced:1956
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This is an A-B-A set of PA-1 locomotives. For two years A.C. Gilbert made this version of the PA in the Santa Fe "Freight" paint scheme. The locomotive features twin motors in the 484, Diesel Roar and Air Chime whistle in the 485 B-unit, and a headlight in the 486 non-powered A-unit. All three units have knuckle couplers front and rear. Variations: metal steps held on by two rivets or one eyelet. This same locomotive set came in late 1957 and 1958 as a five-digit numbered engine: ID #21910, road numbers: 21910 (A-unit with twin motors), 21910-1 (B-unit with horn and roar), and 21910-2 (non-powered A-unit). A separate B-unit was made. #21720 with horn and roar, very uncommon and sometimes found in a box marked 21910-1. In 1960 apparently some left-over 484 and 486 A-A locomotives (no B unit) were sold as ID #21929 (uncataloged engine).
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model owned by David Dewey
photo © David Dewey
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:4945
Category:PA-1
Road Name:New York New Haven & Hartford
Road Number:495
Year Introduced:1956
The 495 came as the 4945, a set of two A-units with numbers 494 and 495. 494 has dual motors. 495 has diesel roar and horn sound in it. In 1957 a single PA with a single motor was cataloged as 497 and as 21561 (uncataloged). Late in production it also came with the molded on steps. The model shown in the photo is of a 495 with a single motor, and it was likely made up from left-over shells at the factory, or had a replacement shell put on it by a repair station.
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model owned by Ron Kemp
photo © Ron Kemp
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21922
Category:PA-1
Road Name:Missouri Pacific
Road Number:21922/21922-1
Year Introduced:1959
The #21922/21922-1 was produced in 1959 and 1960 in two variations. The first is extremely rare as it has one-hole sheet metal steps and open portholes. The second variation is more common, as seen in the photo, that has plastic integral steps and the portholes are filled in.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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