Work Cars
Gilbert made seven work cars and Lionel has added six more since 1996.  Unless otherwise specified, the large pictures on this page are from the collection of the Upstairs Train.

#607 Work & Boom Car made in 1953.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
There was also a very rare version on a black base.
#645 Work & Boom Car with unpainted red shed made in 1950.
Here it is with its companion #644 Industrial Brownhoist car.
#645A Work & Boom Car with painted red shed made in 1951-1953.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)

Some read "American Flyer Lines" rather than "American Flyer."
There were also five versions with Tuscan brown sheds.
#907 Work & Boom Car made in 1954.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#945 Work & Boom Car made in 1953-1957.
Here's one that came from the factory with no steps.  When a step was missing or broken in manufacture,
the factory would sometimes break off the rest rather than scrapping the car.
(Photo courtesy of Don Hasenzahl.)
Here's an interesting factory error.
In the lower car, the toolbox is on the wrong side and further from the shed than it should be.
That's what happens when the car gets turned around between the time they punch the shed and fence holes
and the time they punch the toolbox holes!
(Photo courtesy of Don Hasenzahl.)
There was also a variation with a metallic blue-gray base made in 1953&1954.
They sometimes turned the car around on these, too!
(Photo courtesy of Don Hasenzahl.)
#945 Work & Boom Car made in 1952 with the shorter name "American Flyer"
(Photo courtesy of Ed Church.)
#24546 Work & Boom  Car with knuckle couplers on a gray painted plastic base
made in 1958-1964.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)

Some read "American Flyer" rather than "American Flyer Lines."
In the transition year of 1957, it bore the number 945.
Later cars had Pike Master couplers.
#25071 Tiejector Car made in 1961-1964.

Lionel started making work & boom cars in 2003 and made four up through 2007.  They added two Tiejector cars in 2006 and 2007.
#48723 Santa Fe Boom Car made in 2003.
#48723 Santa Fe Boom Car with its matching #49012 Crane Car, both made in 2003.
#48726 New York Central Boom Car made in 2004 & 2005.
#48726 New York Central Boom Car with its matching #49014 Crane Car, both made in 2004 & 2005.
#48732 Union Pacific Boom Car made in 2005.
#48732 Union Pacific Boom Car with its matching #49021 Crane Car, both made in 2005.
#48740 Maintenance Of Way (MOW) Boom Car made in 2007.
#48740 Maintenance Of Way (MOW) Boom Car with its matching #49037 Crane Car, both made in 2007.
#49026 Tiejector Car made in 2006.
(Photo courtesy of the MW Collection.)
#49041 Tiejector Car made in 2007.
(Photo courtesy of

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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