Refrigerator Cars, "Reefers" (4 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
page 3
Lionel reefers  #48203 through #48481 are on
page 3
                     #48800 and above, plus my first S-Helper and Crown Models reefers are on this page

Unless otherwise specified, the large pictures are on this page are of cars in the collection of The Upstairs Train.
#48800 Wabash reefer made in 1990.
#48801 Union Pacific reefer made in 1988.
#48802 Pennsylvania Railroad reefer made in 1988.
#48805 Nat Dairy Despatch insulated boxcar made in 1990.
#48806 REA reefer made in 1990.
#48807 Nickel Plate Road reefer made in 1994.
#48808 Pacific Fruit Express reefer made in 2003.
(Photo courtesy of Jerry Poniatowski.)
#48809 Northern Pacific reefer made in 2004.
#48814 Fruit Growers Express reefer made in 2006.
#48815 Needham Packing Company Reefer made in 2007.
My first S-Helper car, the #514 Wilson Reefer.

My first Crown Models car, the #25254 CM&StP Reefer made for the 25th Fall S-Fest.
Click here to see the complete line of S-Scale Reefers from Crown Models.

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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