Gondolas (3 of 3)
Gilbert made 24 distinct gondolas, some of which had multiple variations, and Lionel made 14 more up through 2007.  The Upstairs Train features 13 of the Gilbert cars.  Because there are so many, I have split them up over three web pages:

Gilbert gondolas #620 through #941 are on
page 1
                        #C-2009 through #24130 and the unnumbered Buffalo Hunt Gondola are on
page 2
Lionel gondolas  #9300 through #9304 are on
page 2
                         #48216 and above are on this page

Unless otherwise specified, the large pictures on this page are of cars in the collection of The Upstairs Train, and 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, email them to me: theupstairstrain@yahoo.com

#48216 set made in 2000 with crane numbered 7070 and gondola 7111 (TTOS cars).
(Photo from an ebay auction by
Rick Dunn.)
#48230 Toy Train Museum gondola with pipe load made in 2003.
#48335 1998 Holidays gondola is also on the Christmas Cars page.
#48426 American Flyer Commemorative Freight Car 3-Pack announced in 2008 for delivery in 2009.
It contains this gondola with coil covers plus a
stock car and tank car.
These cars were sold only in the set, never separately.
#48500 Southern Pacific gondola with canister load made in 1987.
#48503 Wabash gondola with gray canisters made in 1988.
#48510 Nickel Plate gondola with gray canisters made in 1995.
#48525 Burlington gondola made in 2001.
#48526 Reading gondola with pipe load made in 2002.
#48541 Delaware & Hudson gondola with pipe load made in 2005.
#48545 Duluth, Missabe, & Iron Range gondola with pipe load made in 2006.
#48547 Chessie Gondola with Pipe Load made in 2006.
It was sold only in the #49615 Chessie Freight Set.
#48549 Union Pacific Gondola with Canisters made in 2007.
#48554 Bethlehem Steel Gondola with Coil Covers made in 2008.

Show me the rest of the gondolas.

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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If you or your friends have some American Flyer trains and would like them to go to a nice home where they'll be loved and cared for, this is the place!  Email me: theupstairstrain@yahoo.com.  See my
Wish List for the items I need most.  Thank you very much.

On the other side of the coin, I post pictures from time to time on my
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:   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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