American Flyer Lines 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: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: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

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