Cabooses (2 of 5)
Gilbert made 27 distinct cabooses, some of which had numerous variations, and Lionel made 37 more up through 2006.  Because there are so many, I have split them up over five web pages:

Gilbert Cabooses #630 through #930 are on
page 1
                         #934 through #24627 are on this page
                         #24630 through #25052, plus the unnumbered Game Train caboose, are on
page 3
Lionel Cabooses  #9400 through #48715 are on
page 4
                         #48718 and above are on
page 5

Unless otherwise specified, the large pictures on this page are of cars in the collection of The Upstairs Train.

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:

#934 Caboose made only in 1955.
(Photo courtesy of
G. Elliott.)
#935 Bay Window caboose made only in 1957.
Unlettered #935 Bay Window Caboose made only in 1957.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#938 Caboose made in 1954 and 1955
The #977 operating caboose with a metal brakeman made in 1955.
The #977 Operating Caboose was made with a rubber brakeman in 1956-1958.
#979 Bay Window operating caboose made only in 1957.
#24603 unpainted caboose made only in 1958.
(Photo courtesy of
Stout Auctions.)

There is also an extremely rare painted version.
#24610 made in 1958-1960 with solid knuckle couplers.
(Photo courtesy of Rhett George.)
#24619 Radio-Equipped Bay Window caboose made only in 1958.
(Photo courtesy of
New England Toy & Train Exchange.)
#24626 Radio-Equipped caboose made only in 1958.
#24627 caboose made in 1959-1960.
(Photo courtesy of
Rick Dunn.)

Show me the rest of the cabooses.

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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For Sale page of surplus items I have for sale.
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:  Click here for a list of the pictures I need to complete the Gallery.

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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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