A.C. Gilbert American Flyer #581 Girder Bridge

Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:581
Name:Girder Bridge
Model Introduced:1946
Finishpainted & lettered
The #581 Girder Bridge was sold by Gilbert in 1946-56 and has five variations. The first sold in 1946-49 in black with "LACKAWANNA" stamped in silver on both sides as shown in the photos of a 1946 model as indicated by the presents of the early 1946 sticker on the bridge. In 1952, 1954, and 1956 the black 581 wording was changed from "LACKAWANNA" to "AMERICAN FLYER" creating the second variation. The third variation produced in 1951 is painted silver with black lettering that reads "LACKAWANNA". Finally the fourth variation is painted black with WHITE lettering that reads "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" and has the number "581" on both ends.
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photo © Ted Hamler

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