Hopper Cars (2 of 5)
Because there are so many hopper cars, I have split them up over four web pages:

Gilbert hoppers #632 through #719 are
page 1
                       #801 through #25060 are on this page
Lionel hoppers  #9200 through #48605 are on
page 3
                       #48608 and above are on
page 4
Hoppers made by S-Helper Service and American Models are on
page 5

The large pictures on this page are of cars in the collection of The Upstairs Train.  Unless otherwise specified, the smaller ones are from ebay auctions I didn't win.

If you have a picture that you would like to share with the world of any of the cars not shown here (or a better picture of one that is shown!), email them to me: theupstairstrain@yahoo.com.  
Click here for a list of the  pictures I need to complete the Gallery.

801 B&O Hopper Car made in 1956 & 1957.
919 CB&Q Dump Car from the K5680RH Santa Fe Freight set.  It was made from 1953 to 1958.
There was a similar 719 made with link couplers from 1950 to 1954, a 25025 made from 1958-1960, and a 25060 made from 1960-1964. I don't know if they're all the same car, but they look the same in pictures.
CB&Q Hopper Cars: the original 921 made in 1953-1957 whichwas in the K5358W Challenger Freight set,
and the later, harder to find 24206 made only in 1958.
924 CRP Hopper Cars made in 1953-1957.
940 Wabash Hopper Cars made in 1953-1957.
#24203 B&O Hopper Car made in 1958.
They also made it with Pike Master couplers in 1963 and 1964.
This is the extremely rare painted version of the car made only in 1963.
(Picture courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#24209, the 5-digit version of the 924,  was made in 1958-1960.
#24213 Wabash Hopper Car made in 1958-1960.
24216 Union Pacific Hopper. 
This is a triple-bay hopper, much longer than the earlier two-bay hoppers above.
24219 Western Maryland Hopper made in 1958 and 1959.
The rare 24221 CE&I Hopper made in 1959 & 1960.
#24222 Domino Sugars covered hopper made with Pike Master couplers in 1963 and 1964.
24225 Sante Fe Hopper with gravel load made in 1960-1962.
They also made it with Pike Master couplers in 1963-1965.
(From the collection of my firend Joe Philippson)
#24230 Peabody Hopper made from 1961 to 1964.  Most were made with Pike Master couplers.
This is the very rare version originally made with knuckle couplers.
(Picture courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
If you see one with knuckle couplers selling cheap, be aware that some Pike Master cars were later converted to knuckle couplers by third parties.
Here's a picture from an ebay auction that I didn't win.
The #25007 CB&Q dump car sold in the transition year of 1957 was actually
a #919 in a box numbered #25007.
Unless, of course, it was to be sold in a set, in which case the box would be numbered #25008,
like this one that Paul McDonald sold on ebay in 2007.
It may have been come out of set #20080, #20285, or #20380.
Interestingly, though, the catalog says the #20380 set contains a #25007 and Tufts' book says a #919.
The car came with a small plastic bag of coal, a button. some wire,
the later version of the #712 Automatic Track Rail, and a tray to catch the dumped coal (not shown).
The new track rail mounts inside the ties, making it a lot less noticeable than the earlier verion;
you can see it in the picture of the boxed 25060 below.
(Picture courtesy of
Paul McDonald.)
#25025 CB&Q dump car made in 1958-1960.
(Picture courtesy of
Mike Thielle.)
#25060 CB&Q dump car made in 1961-1964.
(Picture courtesy of
Stout Auctions.)
The car came with a small plastic bag of coal, a button, some wire,
the later version of the #712 Automatic Track Rail mounted in a piece of standard track
(odd since this was the Pike Master era!), and a tray to catch the dumped coal.
In this picture you can see how the Track Rail mounts in the track;
the picture of the 25007 above shows it by itself, not mounted.
Notice that the tray is open on one side, unlike the
earlier trays.
(Picture courtesy of
Bill Hawkins.)

Lionel began making hopper cars under their American Flyer name in 1979 and is still producing them.  Between 1979 and 2008, they produced 49 different hoppers.  Show me the
hoppers made by Lionel.

Over the years, Gilbert made four different kinds of couplers, three of which are common and familiar to most American Flyer owners: link, knuckle, and Pike Master.  The fourth, the so-called "solid knuckle coupler," was short-lived and not used on very many cars.  Lionel later came up with its own version of knuckle coupler.  American Flyer has therefore gone through five
generations of couplers.  Because there seem to be a lot of people confused by this, I created a page to show the differences.  Click the picture below for more detail.

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This gallery will continue to grow and become more comprehensive as I collect more cars and as visitors like you send me pictures of the cars I don't yet have.  If you have a car that you would like to share with the world, email me a picture:   theupstairstrain@yahoo.com.  Click here for a list of the pictures I need to complete the Gallery.

The books I am using for reference are listed in the
Bibliography page.  All the writing and all the pictures on this website are, however, my own, except where cited.  No copyrighted materials have been included and all pictures provided by others are used by permission.
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