A.F. Product Gallery: 1961 F9

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21205
Category:F9
Road Name:Boston & Maine
Road Number:21205
Year Introduced:1961
#21205 is powered, while #21205-1 is non-powered. The square step version shown in the secondary photo was assigned its catalog number on 9/6/1960 that was cataloged in 1961 only. There are two variations of the 1961 #21205; one variation has square steps as shown in the photo while the second has streamline step (see foreground model in the main photo). The double unit numbered 21205/21205-1 that was sold in 1962 as an uncataloged item has one variation. All of the 1962 #21205/21205-1 versions have streamline steps.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21206
Category:F9
Road Name:Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Road Number:21206
Year Introduced:1961
#21206 is powered, while #21206-1 is non-powered. This model was first believed to have been produced in 1962 only, however, since 1994, it has been discovered that the Santa Fe F9s were produced in 1961 as well. Two of the variations do not have front couplers; one has the reverse unit on the rear of the front truck while the second has the reverse on the rear power truck. The unit featured in photo is an example of the second of these. The third variation that has a value assigned by Greenberg as "NRS" has an open pilot with an operating front coupler on the #21206. The reverse on this unit is located on the rear power truck and it does not have an air intake in the roof. The three variations of uncataloged 21206/20206-1 F9 were part of only two uncataloged sets. The two sets the Santa Fe F9s were part of the 1961 General Merchandise Special set #20201, and the famous #20212 Whites Auto Store Special Set.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21215
Category:F9
Road Name:Union Pacific (UP)
Road Number:21215
Year Introduced:1961
#21215 is powered, while #21215-1 is non-powered. These were produced in 1961 and have three variations. The first has an unpainted yellow-orange plastic body. The second variation has a yellow unpainted plastic body. The third variation is painted yellow-orange over a gray shell and is dated JUN 1961. The #21215/21215-1 in the photo is like the third variation, however, it does not have the JUN 1961 date stamp. Although cataloged in 1961 the illustration in the catalog was of the 21215/21216, which was never produced.

The second photo shows the 21215 and 21216 pre-production models. Only 4 or 5 of these are known to exist. They were used in all of the advertisements and in the 1961 catalogs but were never made. What was made and sold was the 21215/21215-1 (as shown in the main photo). The pre-production models have the squared-off steps. All production models have streamlined steps as a result to a design change after the pre-production or sample run of 4-10. During the inspection process it was discovered that the square step would break off very easily and in many cases would also break out the plastic on the side in the area where the motor mount protruded through the body. To add strength to the body of the locomotive and prevent the breakage of the steps, the design was changed to create the streamline steps for all production models. Note that the "21216" number was changed to "21215-1" in the actual production run.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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