Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:283
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:283
Model Introduced:1954
Finishpainted & lettered
The plain or non-streamlined version. It represents the 280-series of models. The model was produced from 1954 through 1957. It is both labeled for the C&NW and the American Flyer Lines. It has a plastic boiler and tender. This unit came equipped with light, smoke, and choo-choo sound unit. There are two documented variations.The #28x-series of locomotives can be identified by the bell in front of the smokestack, and large riveted plate on top of boiler (which continued until the end of the #21085 run). The tender body is held on to the floor with tabs. According to Doug Peck, "if you look at the rear corner, you will see a tab that's bent inward a little bit; you need to carefully pry that tab upward so that the entire floor can then be slid up and out".
photo © Ted Hamler

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