Models in 1953 by American Flyer

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:913
Category:Box Car
Road Name:Great Northern (GN)
Road Number:913
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
#913 was produced from 1953 through 1958. Photo #2 shows a second #913 that was damaged, so Holt repainted it into the Lehigh Valley mid-1950s paint scheme. He used Testors flat enamels for paint, applied Microscale decals and Model Graphics dry transfers, and sealed them with flat clear lacquer. For the prototype, Bethlehem Steel built 1,000 of these 63000-series box cars for the LV in 1950, many of which served for 20 years.
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Photo #2
photo © Holt Apgar
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:937
Category:Box Car
Road Name:Missouri Kansas Texas (MKT)
Road Number:937
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #937 was produced from 1953 through 1958 in four variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1953 and 1954. It is painted yellow over a clear shell and has either a one-piece or two-piece brake wheel. Variations two and three were produced in 1955 and 1956, and both have painted yellow sides, tuscan painted ends, and roof with Type I sheet metal frames. Type I sheet metal frames have a hole in each corner used by rivets to secure the frame to the body. One of these two variations has a Type 8 truck on one end and a Type 8A truck on the other end. The other yellow and tuscan variation has type 9 trucks. The fourth variation produced in 1957 and 1958 has painted yellow sides and tuscan painted ends and roof. These models have a Type II sheet metal frame. The Type II sheet metal frame uses a screw in one end lower part of the body to secure the body to the frame at one end. On the other end of the car, the tab on the frame fits into a slot.
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photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:919
Category:Dump Car
Road Name:Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CBQ)
Road Number:919
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #919 Dump Car was produced from 1953 through 1956 and has two variations. The first, as shown in Photo #2, has capacity markings as follows: "CAPY. 30 CU. YD./LD.LMT.108100 LB./LT.WT. 60100 LB". The second variation has capacity makings as follows: "CAPY. 38 CU. YD./LD.LMT.106000 LB./LT.WT. 58100 LB". In 1957 the CB&Q Dump car was cataloged as "25008" however the #919 Dump Car came with a metal tray, a package of coal, a track trip and a control button in a red & white box marked #25007. Because Gilbert was converting to their new 5-digit numbering system some cars produced in 1957 came in similar packaging.
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Photo #2
photo © Tom Henderson
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:915
Category:Flat Car
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
This is the knuckle coupler version of #715. It was produced from 1953 through 1957. Most had a black and red body with a yellow ramp. The one pictured with the grey body with a maroon ramp is the less common one. The top surface of the body has painted "American Flyer Lines" on one end and "915" on the other end. The car usually came with a plastic sports car, or (as pictured) a gas tank truck, but, as with the 715, other loads are also known to exist.
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Photo #2
photo © David Dewey
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:934C&NW
Category:Flat Car
Road Name:Chicago & North Western (CNW)
Road Number:42597
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
This floodlight car was made in 1953 and 1954 and has die-cast metal chassis that is either gray or blue-gray with black lettering. The number 934 imprinted on the black floodlight base in the indented area.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:946
Category:Flat Car
Road Name:Erie Railroad (ERIE)
Road Number:7210
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #946 was produced from 1953 through 1956, in six variations. Two of the variations have green motor generators (one is green plastic while the second has a green painted generator). The next three variations all have red painted motor generators. One has chrome-finished lamp housing while the other two have a silver finished light housing. Of these two, one is stamped "NEW 5-29" while the second is stamped "NEW 5-28". The fifth variation has a red plastic motor generator with a silver finished lamp housing, as shown in the photo.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:920
Category:Gondola
Road Name:Southern Railway (SOU)
Road Number:920
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #920 gondola was sold from 1953 through 1956 and has three variations. The first variation has an unpainted black plastic body, as shown in the photo. The second variation is painted black over either a black or a red plastic body. The third variation is also painted black except it is painted over a green plastic body.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:941
Category:Gondola
Road Name:St. Louis-San Francisco (SLSF)
Road Number:941
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #941 was produced from 1953 through 1956 and has five variations. The first has a flat finish that is painted over a black body with Type 7 trucks. The second has a gloss tuscan finish that is painted over a black body. The third is painted tuscan over a white body with light blue lettering. The fourth is painted tuscan over a black plastic body with gray or silver-gray lettering. The last variation, shown in the photo, is painted over either a white or a clear plastic body and has white lettering.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:924
Category:Hopper, 2-bay Covered
Road Name:Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ)
Road Number:924
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #924 Hoppers was produced from 1953 through 1956, in two variations. The first is gray in color, as shown in the photo, while the second in bluish-gray in color.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:921
Category:Hopper, 2-bay Offset
Road Name:Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CBQ)
Road Number:921
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
#921 was produced from 1953 through 1956, with two variations. The first is painted tuscan over either a black or a white body. The second, as shown in the main photo and Photo #2, is painted tuscan over an "801" hopper and the "B&O" lettering appears on one side only (see close-up in Photo #2). Photo #3 is a C&S Burlington Route car commissioned by Ted Hamler in 2014 produced by LBR Enterprises, LLC. A #921 was repainted, given the graphics, and the trucks and couplers were replaced with Ficus trucks and couplers.
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Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:940
Category:Hopper, 2-bay Offset
Road Name:Wabash (WAB)
Road Number:940
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #940 hopper was produced from 1953 through 1956 in only one variation. The car can have either Type 8 or 9 sintered-iron side frame trucks and knuckle couplers.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:606
Category:M.O.W.
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:606
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #606 was produced in 1953 in two variations. The first variation has Type 1 trucks and a one-piece brake wheel. The second variation, shown in the photo, has Type 4A trucks and a two-piece brake wheel.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:607
Category:M.O.W.
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:607
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
Work & Boom Car was made in 1953 only this car has a metal chassis with link couplers. In 1954, it was replaced with the 907 with knuckle couplers that was made in 1954 only. In both cases, these cars were part of a low priced set that had two other metal chassis cars, being a flatcar with a steel beam load and a crane car. In both cases, the engine that was part of the set was the GP7 GM Demonstrator.
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photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:961
Category:Passenger Car, Coach
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:961
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The AFL Jefferson Pullman Car #961, without a Color Band, was produced in 1953 and 1954 in two variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1953 which has a chrome finish over either a black or white body. The second variation, produced in 1954, has a satin silver painted finish over a black body.
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photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:960
Category:Passenger Car, Combine
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:960
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The AFL Columbus Combine Car #960 without a Color Band was produced in 1953 and 1954 in four variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1953 which has a Chrome finish over either a black, white or cream body. The three remaining variations were all produced in 1954. The first of these variations has a satin silver painted finish over either a white or black body. The second 1954 model also has a satin silver painted finish over a chrome-finished black plastic body. The last of the 1954 has a satin silver painted finish over a chrome-finished white plastic body. The wording "BAGGAGE" above the windows has been painted over and the car was re-lettered "AMERICAN FLYER LINES".
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photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:953
Category:Passenger Car, Combine
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:Niagara Falls
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #953 heavyweight combine was produced from 1953 through 1958 and has three variations. The first variation made in 1953-4 is painted green over either a white or a cream body and has no silhouettes. The second also made in 1953-4 is painted tuscan over a cream, gray of black plastic body and has no silhouettes. The third variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1955-8 is painted tuscan over either a cream or black body and comes with silhouettes.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:962
Category:Passenger Car, Dome
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:962
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The AFL Hamilton Vista Dome Car #962, without a Color Band, was produced in 1953 and 1954 in four variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1953 which has a chrome finish over either a black or white body. The three remaining variations were all produced in 1954. The first of these variations has a satin silver painted finish over a black body. The second 1954 variation also has a satin silver painted finish over a chrome-finished black plastic body. The last of the 1954 has a satin silver painted finish over a chrome-finished cream plastic body. The wording "PULLMAN" above the windows has been painted over and the car was re-lettered "AMERICAN FLYER LINES".
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photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:963
Category:Passenger Car, Observation
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:963
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The AFL Washington Observation #963 without a Color Band was produced in 1953 and 1954 in two variations. The first variation, shown in the photo, was produced in 1953 has a chrome finish over a black body. The second variation, produced in 1954, has a satin silver painted finish over a black body.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:623
Category:Refrigerator Car, Ice
Road Name:Illinois Central (IC)
Road Number:623
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
There was only one variation of #623, offered in 1953. Some reports indicate that there was a 1952 version, but Ted has found no such evidence. Trivia: the Illinois Central is the only car that was produced with all four American Flyer number series: 600, 800, 900, and the five-digit number series.
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photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:947
Category:Refrigerator Car, Ice
Road Name:Northern Pacific (NP)
Road Number:947
Model Introduced:1953
Finishpainted & lettered
The #947 was produced from 1953 through 1957 and has three variations. One variation has a two-piece brake wheel. The second variation, as shown in the photo, has a one-piece brake wheel. The third variation made in 1957 and 1958 has a one-piece brake wheel, a slot and screw hole in the body ends, and the lettering on the side that reads, "CLOSE & LOCK DOOR BEFORE MOVING CAR".
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler

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