NASG AF Commemorative Cars

Each year the NASG produces an American Flyer Commemorative Car (or engine) that is available for sale to NASG members only. These are limited-production collector cars, typically produced by Lionel (there are a few exceptions).

Contact person: Dave Blum

2016 - CNW/Plibrico Flat Car


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The 2016 model, shown on the right, has road number 3516, for the 35th car in the series and the year 2016. The car is a Lionel American Flyer Chicago & North Western flat car, that includes 18 pallets of plastic refractories as a load. Pallets are decorated for the Chicago-based Plibrico Co., which invented clay-based refractories around the turn of last century and was a major supplier of these materials. Pallets are scale, and additional sets can be ordered, either decorated or undecorated. These are in stock as of late-October 2016 and ready to ship now!

The 2016 model can be ordered today (click on the "Store" button on the left).

2015 - BNSF Box Car


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The NASG contracted with Lionel to produce a limited run of this 2015 American Flyer commemorative car.

The car is still available for sale (click on the "Store" button on the left).

2014 - Milwaukee Box Car


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The NASG contracted with Lionel to produce a limited run of this 2014 American Flyer commemorative car.

2013 - PP&L Three-bay Hopper


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The NASG contracted with Lionel to produce a limited run (300 cars) of this 2013 American Flyer commemorative PP&L three-bay hopper with simulated coal load. The hopper is dark green with red and white graphics, and a black coal load. Headquartered in Allentown, PA, PP&L has been in existence since 1920, serving central and eastern Pennsylvania, as well as other states. Scranton, PA, was the location of the 2013 NASG National Convention. The car number is 3213 representing the 32nd car in the NASG series, and 2013.

As a bit of history, after 25 years of handling this NASG AF Commemorative Car project, Doug Peck has handed over the reigns to Dave Blum. The 2013 car was Doug's last car. Thank you Doug!

2012 - Marathon Motor Box Car


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The NASG contracted with Lionel to produce a limited run (375 cars) of this 2012 American Flyer commemorative Marathon Motors boxcar. The boxcar is white with gold ends and doors, and a black roof. The Marathon Motors logo is gold, black, and silver. Marathon Motors was located in Nashville, TN, and the Auto Parts boxcar is lettered for the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway. Chattanooga was the location of the 2012 NASG National Convention. The car number is 3112 representing the 31st car in the NASG series, and 2012.

The car is still available for sale (click on the "Store" button on the left).

2011 - Dixie Honey Tankcar

For the 30th car in the annual series, the NASG contracted with Lionel to produce a limited run (375 cars) of this 2011 American Flyer commemorative Dixie Honey tankcar. The car number is 3011 and the tank is deep blue with gold ends and dome, on a black frame. The Dixie Honey logo is red, white, and gold.

2010 - Jenney Gasoline Triple-dome Tankcar

The NASG contracted with Lionel to produce a limited run (500 cars) of this 2010 American Flyer commemorative Jenney Gasoline triple-dome tankcar. The car number is 2910 and the tank colors are white, orange, black, and red on a black frame.

The car is still available for sale (click on the "Store" button on the left).

2009 - EJ&E black gondola


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The NASG contracted with Lionel to produce a limited run (500 cars) of this 2009 American Flyer commemorative EJ&E black gondola with removable orange coil cover loads bearing multi-colored EJ&E logo. The car number is 2809.

2008 - GE Baldwin Switcher Engine

This very popular engine quickly sold all 300 produced. Manufactured by Lionel, and sold for $289. From the December 2012 issue of the NASG Dispatch, in an article written by Doug Peck, "The GE Work Train project concluded in 2008 with production of the Baldwin locomotive, numbered 2708, and with an SKU of 48270."

2007 - GE Boom Car


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This is the matching boom car for the 2006 Brownhoist crane. From the December 2012 issue of the NASG Dispatch, in an article written by Doug Peck, "...was offered for $60 each, postpaid. The plastic frame was painted black, with a gray deck and a black toolbox, and black painted four-wheel knuckle coupler trucks. The car number 2607 appeared centered on each side of the frame, 'BUILT 2007 NASG' to the right, and car data to the left. Lionel's SKU for the boom car was 48264".

The car is still available for sale (click on the "Store" button on the left).

2006 - GE Brownhoist Crane

From the December 2012 issue of the NASG Dispatch, in an article written by Doug Peck, "The crane had a black diecast frame in the style of the Gilbert 944. Each end of the frame featured diagonal silver warning stripes. The cab was also painted black, with a green roof, and a green boom. It had the usual two cast hooks and counterweight. Like the first two cars, the six-wheel diecast knuckle coupler trucks had non-flanged wheels on the center axles. 2506 was the car number, with a Lionel SKU of 48250. 700 cranes were produced, and sold for $85 each, shipping included".

The car is still available for sale (click on the "Store" button on the left).

2005 - Depressed-center Flat Car

A diecast depressed-center flat car with generator and two diecast searchlights. The black flatcar is lettered in white for General Electric. The car features diecast six-wheel freight trucks and operating knuckle couplers. Car number 2405 was manufactured by Lionel, and are now sold out.

2004 - GE Reel Car

From the December 2012 issue of the NASG Dispatch, in an article written by Doug Peck, "The 2004 GE reel car consisted of a black-painted diecast frame with two cast brake wheels, and white lettering. The reel faces were solid and painted a light olive-green with white lettering and the GE logo centered on the reel sides. The car was mounted on six-wheel trucks with standard AF operating knuckle couplers. The center axle of each truck had flangeless wheels, reminiscent of early Gilbert six-wheel passenger car trucks. Continuing past practice, the car number "2304" represented the 23rd car in the NASG commemorative car series, and the year 2004. The Lionel SKU, as indicated on the box, was 48238." The 2004- through 2008-year A.F. Commemorative projects build an entire GE work train.

2003 - Union Pacific Single-dome Tank Car

The tank has a chrome finish with a black base and frame. Print and decoration are black, red, white, yellow and blue. The tank car features a chemical platform and ladders, die-cast freight trucks, and operating knuckle couplers. Car number is 2203. Note: car shown is an O-scale car; American Flyer car varies somewhat from illustration. Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48233).

2002 - Cook Paint & Varnish Company Tank Car

A triple dome Cook Paint & Varnish Company tank car, red with white print. Tank car features diecast freight trucks, and operating knuckle couplers. Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48228).

2001 - Gulf Oil Tank Car

A single-dome Gulf Oil tank car, blue with white print, and orange and white logo. The tank car will feature top platform and ladders, diecast freight trucks, and operating knuckle couplers. Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48224).

2000 - Southern Pacific Box Car

To handle expedited freight, Southern Pacific assigned 40' box cars to "Overnight" service between San Francisco and Los Angeles, but they eventually roamed the system and were used in interchange. The paint scheme is silver sides and roof with black ends and underframe with an orange herald and a red "S" and "P" in Southern Pacific with Overnight also in red. Over 300 cars were painted in this scheme. The car is was produced in three (3) different road numbers - 163066, 163318, and 163324. Manufactured by Pacific Rail Shops.

1999 - Great Northern Caboose

The 1999 car was our first caboose: a red painted illuminated Great Northern caboose, with black and white lettering and GN herald. GN herald appears on sides and ends of car. Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48214).

1998 - Magnolia Tank Car

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48211). No photo or other information available (if you have a digital photo of this car that you would like to share, please contact the webmaster).

1997

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48205). The Pacific Fruit Express reefer was #16 (no photo).

1996

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-52095). The Mobil tank car was #15.

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-52094). Ann Arbor hopper with cover was #14.

1995

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48494). Lehigh Valley covered hopper was #13.

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48493). Southern Pacific TTUX units with two trailers was #12.

1994

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48486). New York, New Haven & Hartford box car.

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48485). Northern Pacific box car.

1993

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48804). Susquehanna box car.

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48481). REA reefer.

1992

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48479). Nickel Plate Road Flat Car with Trailer. In 1992, we continued the decision to release two cars. Our first car for 1992 was an "experiment". We chose to produce a Nickel Plate Road flatcar with piggyback trailer. However, the only trailer load available through Lionel was oversized and top-heavy on a standard AF plastic flatcar! ERTL, however, agreed to do a custom-run of NKP 1:64-scale tractor-trailers for us, after we determined that an ERTL trailer could be mounted on the AF flatcar using Lionel's standard fifth-wheel mount and wheel chock. However, the fly-in-the-ointment was that Lionel would not deal directly with ERTL to obtain the loads, nor would they agree to include them with the flatcars when they were assembled and delivered to us. Thus, we had to purchase the loads directly from ERTL, purchase the flatcars direct from Lionel, and then combine them ourselves for shipment to our members. The black flatcars are lettered in white, "NKP 20602" and "Nickel Plate Road" in old-style script. Car data and "BLT 1-92" also appeared on both sides of the car. The 7-1/2" long trailer represented an approximately 40' S-scale trailer. Made of dark blue plastic with opening rear doors, it was lettered "NICKEL PLATE ROAD HIGH SPEED FREIGHT SERVICE" in white, along both sides. It was accompanied by a 10-wheel dark blue International Navistar tractor with chrome trim, also lettered "Nickel Plate Road" on the cab doors. Unfortunately, this was not the tractor we had requested; it is more modern than we intended. But, once delivered, we opted not to return them for replacement, as it would have greatly delayed final delivery to members.

Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48478). Burlington Box Car

1991

1991 marked a departure from the previous norm. This year, we opted to release two AF cars instead of one. This was because we tried to get a car to match the location of the annual NASG Convention's location, but that can restrict which road names we can use. So, the first one continues this tradition, but the second car has more "freedom".

The first car was the New York Central reefer, manufactured by Lionel (#6-48476). The NYMX #491 was an NYC Mechanical Refrigerator car with plug doors. The car featured yellow sides with a dark blue stripe across the middle, and silver roof and ends. Car data appeared in the lower left, as well as "1991 NASG COMMEMORATIVE CAR". Additional car data appeared in the lower right. The NYC logo was printed in the upper right, above the blue band. In the blue band, in white print, was "NYMX MECHANICAL 491 REFRIGERATOR".

The second car was the Boraxo covered hopper manufactured by Lionel (#6-48475), GACX #591. Painted dark gray, the large BORAXO red and white lettering and the red, white, and black image of the familiar Boraxo can were very eye-catching. Car data appeared in the lower left, and "1991 NASG COMMEMORATIVE CAR" was printed in the lower right. The new "Flyonel" diecast freight trucks were used on both of these cars, again.

1990 - Pennzoil Tank Car

This was a silver car on a black plastic frame. The PENNZOIL Co. logo appeared on the left side of center in red, yellow, and black. To the right of center was printed "OIL CITY, PA."; P.A.X. 390", and the car data. Centered underneath the ladder: "1990 NASG Commemorative Car". Handrails were silver, with black ladders. Each end of the car featured a marker board, with a brakewheel on one end. New this year were the diecast trucks; in 1990, Lionel scrapped the original Gilbert AF trucks and tooled new trucks with somewhat more detail. Naturally, many diehard Gilbert AF collectors were taken aback by these new trucks, which continue to be criticized to this day! The 1990 Pennzoil tank car carried the number "PAX 390", the "3" representing the third car produced exclusively for NASG, and "90" representing the year of production (1990). This was the start of the practice of numbering most of the NASG AF cars in this manner. Production was increased in 1990, as we ordered 900 tank cars, which sold for $29.95 each. Once again, the car proved very popular and sold out quickly. Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48472).

1989 - Missouri, Kansas, Texas Tank Car

A colorful MKT "Edible Oil" chemical platform tank car, green with yellow and white print. The car number chosen was 120089, based upon a prototype car number and the year 1989. Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48471). 660 models were produced, and they all sold out quickly.

1988 - Jersey Central Box Car

The 1988 car was a Jersey Central Lines insulated boxcar (a boxcar shell with opening reefer doors), numbered 48470. The car sides are painted orange, and roof and ends are tuscan. Lettering and decoration on the car is black, red, and white. Only 504 cars were produced, and they sold for $29.95 each (postpaid), to NASG members. Manufactured by Lionel (#6-48470).

As a bit of history, Don Thompson (of S-Helper Service) organized the production of this car by Lionel. Doug Peck handled the taking of orders, and Tom Hawley did the actual shipping of these cars. Doug Peck took over the whole project starting with the 1989 project. Don wrote a behind-the-scenes article about the whole experience in the October 1989 issue of the NASG's The Dispatch.

1982-1987

No cars were produced.

1981

In 1981, the NASG convention was hosted by the Syracuse club, the CNYSGA. That year, CNYSGA contracted with Lionel to produce for them a unique AF car decorated for the 1981 convention. This car was orange with black & white print and decoration. On the left side of the opening boxcar door, it was lettered: "21st National Convention, Syracuse, NY July, 1981, NASG, 0700"

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