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The American Freedom Train had 26 cars for most of its travels.   Between K-line, MTH, and Lionel, 21 cars are available.  The missing cars are the three flatcars (with trailers), the tool car, and the Power/Bunk Car.  I plan to use one of my GGD PRR HW combination cars for the tool car, but had no source for the trailers or power car.

My search for the flatcars with trailers is coming to a close with the help of Alan (ALANRAIL).  I was always planning on using the Atlas 89' flatcar, but there were no trailers available.  I approached Alan about doing 3D printing of the 10 trailers and we have been working on the design (well, he has done 99% of the work - design and printing - but it was my idea).

He sent me rough samples to look at and I am really impressed with what Alan can design and produce.  He did some with 1/16" walls, 1/8" walls, and 1/8" walls with internal braces to keep the wall from warping.  The one with the 1/16" walls was flimsy, and you can see the walls bulging out.  But it may be stiff enough with the roof glued.  Alan plans to print the final ones in white, although these would be perfectly good painted.

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Really nice! Did lionel make all the display and passenger cars gor their set? Will Alan make some of those trailers available for sale?

You will need to ask Alan, but we have discussed that there are many folks out there who have the K-Line set, the Lionel set, or like me a combination of the sets (mostly K-Line with Lionel cars not produced by K-Line).  I think there would be a good market for these cars for those who want to complete their AFT.

@CAPPilot posted:

You will need to ask Alan, but we have discussed that there are many folks out there who have the K-Line set, the Lionel set, or like me a combination of the sets (mostly K-Line with Lionel cars not produced by K-Line).  I think there would be a good market for these cars for those who want to complete their AFT.

I know I'd be interested in a set.  I already picked up some of the Atlas 89' flat cars and was talking to a friend about possibly 3D printing, but if Alan has already done the work, and is willing to sell them...

Andy

As best that I can tell, here's the AFT cars (sorry; looks like for forum doesn't like my formatting; if you copy and paste to an ASCII text file everything MAY line up):

AFT Cars (K-Line, Lionel, and MTH)
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Source: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...train-car-production
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AFT Car List          Car Number  Type          K-Line          Lionel   MTH
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Tool Car          PNWC76      6-axle, 80' baggage/dorm
Storage/laundry Car       20/33       NYC #9133 baggage
Flat Car          30          F85C TTX flatcar
Flat Car          31          F85C TTX flatcar
Flat Car          32          F85C TTX flatcar
Baggage Car          33          20-64215
Storage Car "Boxcar"      33/34       SR #545 baggage          20-64215
Showcase Car          40          NYC #9137 baggage          K-1122, K-4601A, K4601-30040
Showcase Car          41          NYC #9152 baggage          K-1122, K-4601A, K4601-30041
Entrance "Control" Car    100         NYC #9163 baggage          6-84226  20-64213
Display Car          101         NYC #9128 baggage          K-1122, K-4601A, K4601-30101  6-83111
Display Car          102         NYC #9158 baggage          K4601-30102          6-83111
Display Car          103         NYC #9178 baggage          K4601-30103          6-83111
Display Car          104         NYC #9115 baggage          K4601-30104          6-83116
Display Car          105         NYC #9135 baggage          K4601-30105          6-83116  30-68049
Display Car          106         NYC #9156 baggage          K4601-30106          6-83589
Display Car          107         NYC #9138 baggage          K4601-30107          6-83589
Display Car          108         NYC #9139 baggage          K4601-30108          6-83592
Display Car          109         NYC #9165 baggage          K4601-30109          6-83592
Display Car          110         NYC #9104 baggage          K-1122, K-4601A, K4601-30110  6-84226
Exit Car/Power Car        111         NYC 9100 series          K4601-30111          6-83111  30-68048
Power/"Bunk" Car          200         NYC 9100 series
"Sleeping" Car          201         SP 85' 4-4-2 Pullman #9111  K-4601B          6-83119  30-68047
Combo/"Pie Car"          202         Reading 72' CVM pas/bag     K-4601B          2027340
Lounge/"Bar Car"          203         Reading 72' PBM coach          K-4601B          2027340  30-68047
Hospitality/"Office Car"  204         Reading 72' PBM coach          K-4601B          2027350
Observation/"Press Car"   205         Reading 72' PBM coach          K-1122, K-4601A, K4601-30205  2027350
Diner          207          30-67482, 20-64214
Observation Car          208          20-64213
Coach          210          20-64215
Coach # 1          212          20-64213
Coach # 2          214          20-64213
Sleeper          220          20-64214
Vista Dome Car          ???          20-64216

@paulp575 posted:

As best that I can tell, here's the AFT cars (sorry; looks like for forum doesn't like my formatting; if you copy and paste to an ASCII text file everything MAY line up):


Diner          207          30-67482, 20-64214
Observation Car          208          20-64213
Coach          210          20-64215
Coach # 1          212          20-64213
Coach # 2          214          20-64213
Sleeper          220          20-64214
Vista Dome Car          ???          20-64216

These MTH cars are not models of any AFT car.  MTH just took their generic smooth side passenger set and painted them in the AFT colors.  These sets had no Showcase, no Display, or correct crew cars.  Plus, the AFT did not have any domes.  The two MTH sets, released several years apart, are pure fantasy.

However, the baggage cars of those sets do work as cars 20 and 33, or later after renumbering as 33 and 34.

MTH's scale GS-4 and T1, on the other hand, are pretty accurate for those engines in AFT colors.

I will say one thing about MTH's fantasy AFT sets, they sure look nice and get a lot of good comments when running them at a show.  Here are the MTH cars:

Here is what the AFT really looked like (minus tool and flatcars):

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