Refrigerator Cars, "Reefers" (3 of 4)
Gilbert made six in the 600 series (most with multiple variations), plus the 802, and nine 5-digit reefers. 
Lionel made 16 more reefers under the American Flyer name between 1988 and 2007.Because there are so many, I have split them up over four web pages:

Gilbert reefers #600 through #642 are on
page 1
                     #647 through #24420 are on
page 2
                     #24422 through #24426 are on this page
Lionel reefers  #48203 through #48481 are on this page
                     #48800 through 48815 and my first S-Helper and Crown Models reefers are on
page 4

Unless otherwise specified, the pictures are on this page are of cars in the collection of The Upstairs Train.
The painted #24422 Great Northern reefer made in 1963-1966 with Pike Master couplers and opening doors.
(Photo courtesy of
Stout Auctions.)
Unpainted #24422 Great Northern reefer made in 1963-1966
with Pike Master couplers and non-opening doors.
The hard-to-find painted #24422 Great Northern reefer made in 1963-1966
with Pike Master couplers and non-opening doors.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
The rare #24425 BAR reefer made in 1960 (see the Lionel remake below).
(From the collection of my friend
Joe Philippson.)
#24426 Rath Packing Co. reefer with knuckle couplers made in 1960 (see the Lionel remake below).
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#24426 Rath Packing Co. reefer with Pike Master couplers made in 1961.
(From the collection of my friend
Joe Philippson.)

Lionel made 18 more reefers under the American Flyer name between 1988 and 2007.
#48203 New York Central reefer made in 1997 (TTOS car).
#48205 Pacific Fruit Express reefer made in 1997 (NASG car).
#48236 BNSF Icicle reefer made in 2004 (TTOS car).
(Photo from an ebay auction by
Rick Dunn)
#48316 BAR (Bangor & Aroostok) reefer made in 1993,
Lionel's remake of the rare #24425 reefer made by Gilbert in 1960.
#48317 Rath Reefer made in 1993.
Lionel's remake of the rare #24426 reefer made by Gilbert in 1960.
#48436 New York Central reefer made in 1991 (NASG car).  It was also sold as #48476.
#48474 C&NW reefer made in 1991 (TCA car).
Lionel's remake of the rare #24416 reefer made by Gilbert in 1958 & 1959.
(Photo from an ebay auction by
Rick Dunn)


#48476 New York Central Reefer is just a #48436 (see above) in a box numbered 48476.
#48481 REA reefer made in 1993.

Show me the rest of the reefers.
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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