Reading (RDG) 4-4-0

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:307
Road Name:Reading (RDG)
Road Number:307
Year Introduced:1954
The #307 was produced from 1954 through 1957 in four variations. The first variation produced and date-stamped "Feb 1954", has a four-position reverse unit, and four fabric covered wires from the plug into the locomotive. The second variation has a four-position reverse and four direct wires to the locomotive (shown in the photo; note that this model has lost the wheels that are part of the coupler and yoke assembly between the locomotive and tender). The third variation has a two-position reverse on the back of the locomotive. The fourth variation has a two-position reverse on the back of the locomotive, a black plastic drive two-wire plug to the tender and Pull-More traction drive wheels on front drivers complete with smoke and choo-choo that none of the other three variation have. In 1957, the #307 became the #21100, which came with and without smoke and choo-choo as an uncataloged item. Ted wonders, "Could it be that the fourth variation is actually #21100 with a #307 shell that was incorrectly assembled at the factory in late 1957?"
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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