A.F. Product Gallery: 1959 GP7

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".
Photo
Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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