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I will try to post another bin listing w/ more pix. This 1935 cast aluminum AF is in VG condition. Untested the original transformer is included but looks dangerous. There are no dents breaks cracks or repairs. There is some minor pitting and lite rust in a few areas. There are no plastic windows in the forward half of the engine, not sure if there ever was.
Burlington Zephyr streamliner, with locomotive, two cars and rear caboose for total of four cars.
The American Flyer Zephyr of 1935 was made of cast aluminum, which nicely captures the stainless steel look of the real train. Casting technology in that era was not as good as it is today, and these units were sand cast, with the resulting rough spots on the sides being polished out by hand, a very expensive process. The curved segments of the train were not so easy to polish, and you can see some of the inherent roughness on the nose of the model.
This train was a one time affair; I believe that it is set No. AF 1327-RCT, and it is an unique train. Subsequent American Flyer offerings were made of lithographed sheet metal, a process which was considerably cheaper than the hand polished 1935 unit, but the 1935 Flyer unit has all the elements of the Pioneer Zephyr, from the baggage/mail car to the observation.
There were a few concessions to model railroad realities, but overall, the 1935 American Flyer Zephyr is an interesting model.
There aren’t very many of the American Flyer 1935 Zephyrs around today. Although cast of very durable aluminum, this choice of material would put it in very high demand during World War II, when aluminum was a scarce resource needed for airplane manufacture. As a result, many of the American Flyer 1935 Zephyrs were collected during patriotic community aluminum drives and made into tools of war. The streamlined Union Pacific M10000 met the same fate.
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On Oct-09-13 at 13:19:24 PDT, seller added the following information:
Check my other listing for more pix.