Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21085
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer Lines
Road Number:21085
Model Introduced:1958
Finishpainted & lettered
The #21085 was produced from 1958 through 1962, and, according to Greenberg, has eight listed variations. Five of the variations have the C&NW logo on the tender. The differences in these five variations include chassis design, driver material, couplers, and trucks (3 with Knuckle and 2 with Pike-Master). The three other variations reported by Greenberg are the CMStP&P versions that were all produced in 1961/62. All of which have Pike-Master trucks and couplers with the main differences being how the tender and locomotive were connected. The one variation not specifically identified in Greenberg is the CB&Q unit shown in the photo which most likely came as part of the #20813 Western 1200 produced in 1966. There are also reports that some late #21085 also has a tender marked "Reading Lines". Photo #2 has a Milwaukee Road herald on the tender. All of the electrical pickup is through the tender wheels. Photo #3 is of a very late production run of this model, where the white-wall paint on the tires has been omitted. Also, the tender is permanently riveted to the locomotive, no plug, and plastic tender trucks with a Pikemaster coupler.
Photo #2
Photo #3
photo © Ted Hamler

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