Tagged With "American Flyer"

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Kadee couplers and Lionel/American Flyer/American Models

Retired band guy ·
How do you convert American Flyer, American Models, etc. couplers to Kadee? I tried mounting a set to the body of a 961 style passenger car, but they'd derail on my 20 inch curves. Sorry if this has been covered in another post....I couldn't find it if it had. Thanks. RBG
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American Flyer wide radius track

railroad man ·
Hi, at a yard sale on Saturday I purchased a box of American flyer wide radius track ?.The track is brand new with 5 ties and has AMERICAN FLYER imprinted on each tie, I have 10 pieces and 2 straight sections. Who made this track and what is the radius, Thanks, John
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American Flyer #1218

gene maag ·
I was given an American Flyer #1218 set today, I wasn't aware AF produced O gauge Trains. I tested it out on my O gauge Track and it runs pretty good. With a little TLC I think it will run great. When I got it I thought I might sell it on E-bay but after I ran it on my layout next to my Lionel 259's and 261 I think I will keep it. It looks pretty neat with my Lionel Tin Plate collection and is in very good shape, except for a missing roof on the Seattle car. I think a good cleaning will make...
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American Flyer number games

overlandflyer ·
every time i think the American Flyer numbering system cannot get worse, i have to adjust my thinking. the Flyer 6½" freight cars of the 1920's came in both 4 wheel and 8 wheel versions. for the boxcars, #1112 was the cataloged number used on 4-wheel cars and #1115 was the number used on 8-wheel cars. ...except when it wasn't. add this to the variety of truck types, door graphics & colors and roof types and i've come to the conclusion that a car not listed in the Greenberg text is not...
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Re: American Flyer number games

overlandflyer ·
from the same family of Flyer freight cars... #1118 Tank Car -- i'd love to get ahold of that font! and a #1117 caboose. the 4-wh version was cataloged as number #1114. this one is on the earlier Type II trucks. a slightly later version featuring Type IV trucks & with added handrails and ladders sporting #1114 on one side... and #1117 on the other side. i tend to call these blunders rather than errors. cheers...gary
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Rob English ·
Hah, you have not even scratched the surface yet. Lets say that Prewar Flyer (pre gilbert) was Laissez-Faires about numbering. I have gons with 1112, 1115 and 1117 numbering. Im thinking that research to try and make sense of it all is basically futile. We know some, but all? No way.
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Rob English ·
Sorry Art... he's got his hands full with Lionel O gauge Vol II and Vol III. There is probably only a handful of folks that care about Flyer and not enough to warrant a book on Prewar.
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Re: Kadee couplers and Lionel/American Flyer/American Models

Tom Stoltz ·
RBG, The radius is too tight for that length of rolling stock. I have run 40 SHS box cars on a flyer 19”radius, but something that length will not work. They probably wouldn’t work on the 24” radius either… not sure about the 29”. You might be able to get way with tango mounted Kadees, however backing moves could be a problem. Tom Stoltz
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Re: Kadee couplers and Lionel/American Flyer/American Models

Retired band guy ·
Thanks guys for all the information. I was looking for a more scale-like look and I like the simplicity and reliability of the Kadees, not that the Flyer couplers were particularly troublesome. I had heard the term Talgo mounted couplers, but didn't know what they were until Tinplate Tom clarified. Anyway, thanks all for your inputs. RBG
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Re: Kadee couplers and Lionel/American Flyer/American Models

poniaj ·
If you're looking for a more scale appearance, American Models has a more scale sized dummy coupler that takes the place of their large Flyer compatible ones. Mounting them on a Flyer truck may be a bit harder, though. In any case, talgo mounting is the only way to go on tight curves. I have a train with talgo mounted dummy couplers and it negotiates tight curves just fine. I don't concern myself with operating couplers on this train since it's a passenger train, and runs as a unit.
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Re: American Flyer number games

Tinplate Art ·
Frustrating as it is, the obvious explanation is they were considered mere toys and future collectors were not part of the manufacturer's reality.
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Tinplate Art ·
Maybe Bruce Greenberg's "clinics" will produce the definitive guide, but do not hold your breath! LOL!
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overlandflyer ·
i believe i've heard of them... did they make trains, too?
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RoyBoy ·
They made everything, designed everything and were first with everything. Just ask any true blue Lionel foamer.
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Rob English ·
I think so.
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Ives1122 ·
Thanks for sharing all the freight cars. I enjoy looking at them and the litho work is beautiful. One thing I've often thought about is that I bet the factory employees couldn't even keep straight what they were making at times. The numbering system was probably designed by some super smart, organized, OCD person, and it was just a miserable mess of confusion for everyone else, especially with the steam locos / tenders. Think of how much productivity time was lost, just trying to put out...
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Re: Kadee couplers and Lionel/American Flyer/American Models

Dave_C ·
I'll try to answer this. I'm not familiar with S Scale . But have done numerous 3RS conversions. I'm guessing your using an S Scale Kadee for this. From your post. It sounds like you only did one car. You pretty much can't run a passenger car with body mounted couplers mixed in with truck mounted couplers and not have a derailment. At least scale length ones. Not familiar with a 20 inch curve. They seem a little tight. Even if you body mounted all your cars. 3RS you need at least an 072...
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Re: Kadee couplers and Lionel/American Flyer/American Models

AmFlyer ·
For the O gauge people, a 961 Gilbert car on 20"R track is similar to an 18" O gauge passenger car on O54. Body mounted KD's will not work. A truck mounted coupler will. I have minimum 30" R curves with easements and body mounted couplers on the 13" long cars are not desirable.
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Tinplate Tom ·
It is 'Talgo' mounted couplers, or those mounted on the truck as opposed to body mounted couplers.
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Re: American Flyer wide radius track

PAUL ROMANO ·
I bought some of that track back in the mid-80s with the black rubber roadbed. I know LIONEL didn't sell it. I can't remember who I bought from out of a magazine article. Maybe some of the older S guys like Lou Palumbo may know. It was good stuff.
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Re: American Flyer wide radius track

ctomita ·
It is K-Line track sold by Lionel (which had acquired the rights when K-Line went under). It's recognizable by the slightly wider track pins. It's considered 27" radius but I don't know if that is measured to the inside rail, outside rail, or center line. Craig
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Roundhouse Bill ·
Gilbert never made wide radius track.
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Brendan ·
Lucky find. They also made 40" or 36" straights. Brendan
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Rayin"S" ·
You may want to check the gauge of the track as compared to the Gilbert track, I acquired a few of the K-Line 10" straights and used them when my layout went together. You will be OK with Gilbert and Flyonel locomotives but I found that my American Models locomotives wobble through these sections, the 10" sections I have are stamped K-Line and are a little narrow on the gauge. The wide radius curves may not have the same problem but it might be a good idea to check the gauge before...
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railroad man ·
I dont plan to use them, for a dollar, could not pass it up. If anyone in South Jersey area (Pitman, Glassboro or Woodbury could use them, let me know, John
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railroad man ·
Art, your email was deleted by mistake, where are you coming from. There are 8 sections curved a D 4 sections of straight .
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Re: American Flyer #1218

Steamer ·
great looking pieces.
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RoyBoy ·
I think roofs were reproduced. Someone like Mr. Trickle would know. And Papa Eastman on this forum would certainly know.
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Re: American Flyer #1218

Rob English ·
Just clean with a damp rag. wipe and rotate the rag often. The black paint is robust on these generally. Be careful wiping.... the sheet metal can be sharp from the die cutting.
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American Flyer 24323 Baker's Chocolate Tanker White Ends & Top Original Kleerpak

atlayank ·
Hello, I just seen this item and it is over $1000 on eBay right now with 4 days to go in the auction. http://www.ebay.com/itm/141873956304?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT What makes this car so special? Is it the white ends and the Kleerpak? Thank you, Ron.
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American Flyer 565 Wiring problem.

Streamlined Steamroller ·
I recently bought a big lot of O gauge trains and in one of the boxes was a beet up AF 565 in O gauge. It is a really cool engine so I thought I would get it running. I have cleaned all the contacts but no dice. I have gotten it running in reverse and...
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WTB. Pre war American Flyer station parts.

Chris Lonero ·
Thought I would give this a shot. My Friend Dotty is going to look for me at York but I am looking for these parts for a station Restoration I'm doing. I need one brass door and a corner light assembly. If you have one or both my E-mail is in my profile. Thank you.
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NEW DECAL SET FOR YOUR PRE-1966 AF PRR 4-6-2'S

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
NEW DECAL SET FOR YOUR PRE-1966 AF #312 etc. E&T's As you may already know the American Flyer #312 style E&T was modeled after the PRR K5 engine and tender of the 1930's. Only two (2) of these were produced and the numbers were 5698 & 5699. You can look on the boiler face of your #312 style engine and you will see the PRR herald cast in the boiler face with the number 5698. Now you can have a...
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Polar Express stalling Problem

Rayin"S" ·
I had posted this in the Lion Chief and other R/C Systems area. I thought it might help some other S gauge folks if posted here also. I had purchased the American Flyer Polar Express set when it was first announced. After a wait of somewhere beyond two years these finally did show up. I was quite happy with this train and it seemed to be pretty dependable for the most part. After running it for quite a while I started to have problems where the train would stall, it would stop with a loss of...
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American Flyer 545 steam locomotive parts needed

Mallard4468 ·
I have a 545 4-4-2 loco from 1940 that is missing the entire front truck and the wheels on the trailing truck have deteriorated. Need to find an entire front truck and replacement wheels for the rear truck or an entire truck. Will also consider a junker if the trucks are present and usable. If you have any of these parts or know of someone who does, please contact me at pasketlen@hotmail.com. Some pics are attached for reference. Thanks.
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Looking for American Flyer Fan in Western Pennslyvania

Mark Boyce ·
If any of you have been over on the O Gauge Forum, you will recognize my name and face. I have O Gauge trains, and when younger had HO and N trains. I have never been involved with American Flyer trains at all. I have a request. My wife knows a woman who has a whole list of American Flyer trains she is trying to sell for a relative. I have the list, bought an AF price guide and looked up everything on her list. I know, you can't put much stock in price guides. I am looking for someone who...
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American Flyer AF #23780

Dan Padova ·
I saw a video on Youtube that had this accessory in it. The American Flyer water tower with a man climbing a ladder. I understand MTH made a reproduction. Would anyone know what the MTH number is ?
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Prewar American Flyer

Flint Rock Valley ·
Going through boxes in my train room today, I came across these. While I prefer postwar lionel, this was nice to find again digging through my hoard of boxes.
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American Flyer Crossovers

Whiskey_Zulu ·
Hi I'm new to your forum and have a couple questions. 1) A few years back an individual was selling American Flyer style crossovers, not of the 90° variety, but I think, 30°, 45° and 60° configurations, looked very similar to the AF product. I bought one then and it has worked very well, and as the case happens sometimes, I find myself in need of 45° crossover that is compatible with AF sectional track. Anyone know if these are available anymore? 2) I need 2 or 3 pieces of K-Line 36"...
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Lionel American Flyer Accessories

Rocco ·
I was starting to think about a 2018 American Flyer catalog. One of the things we have not seen in a while is some operating accessories. I noticed that Lionel has been reissuing some older O scale accessories but this time with sounds. And I was thinking, why not do the same with American Flyer. This would use existing tooling but just adding a new feature to it. It might be appealing to Lionel as the reissue cost may be minimal. As such I thought I would ask the group what they would...
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American Flyer No. 1250 Transformers?

Two American Flyer No.1250 transformers have been uncovered in a box of "stuff" recently donated to the South Dakota State Railroad Museum (www.sdsrm.org), and I am trying to determine their dates of manufacture for an information label to display with them. The two bear the same number 1250 and appear identical except for the shapes of their metal data plaques, one being a square-cornered rectangle and the other a shield. By comparison with dated transformers by other manufacturers, both...
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American Flyer Prewar 629 Engine Type XXI

FIXIT ·
In the process of restoring a AF prewar 629 engine. Existing wheels are swollen would like to make this piece operational again. Are there any vendors that provide reproduction wheels for this engine?
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MOUNTING AXLES ON NEW REPLACEMENT WHEELS

Harry Henning ·
For all of us home repair / replacement people, there is a correct way to mount axles on replacement wheels w/o mounting cockeyed!! We bought MEW and have mfg. the finest replacement wheels possible . On several occasions, a customer has complained about wheels being reamed off center, or that the mounting lugs are not deep enough. First, when remounting the gear, I use a socket to tap the gear "FLAT" on the hub. The 2 smaller pins on the Lionel std. gear wheels are NOT to be used to attach...
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American Flyer prewar Pullmans (2) - any condition for parts

mlaughlinnyc ·
I need some parts for a project to restore AF 3171 prewar Pullman cars. Looking for junk cars at a low price. Any car that is 8" long and 2.5 wide will do.
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American Flyer & Athearn HO engine

grfd59 ·
American Flyer 2 in 1 whistle. Has Erector Set on front. Good condition. Some paint chips and rust. No box. $25 plus shipping. American Flyer Pikemaster engine and cars. The engine works forward and reverse (two position e-unit). Gondola has a broken coupler and caboose has a broken roof. Mounds boxcar looks yellowed. Engine is 21165, Gondola is C-2009, Boxcar is 24057 and Caboose is 24636. No boxes. $25 plus shipping. Athearn HO Chessie SD40-2. Little run time. Old style (no DCC or plugs).
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Inoperative 21165 Casey Jones Cleaned Up For Display...

M. Mitchell Marmel ·
Details here: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/what-did-you-do-on-your-layout-today?reply=76326079904208731#76326079904208731 Mitch
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NO 2018 American Flyer Catalog

Roundhouse Bill ·
Well, I have been discussing the catalog situation with my Lionel contact this morning. There has been an announcement that Lionel's new catalog is coming out on January 23rd. I contacted him to see if the is going to be an American Flyer catalog and he said no. In fact, Lionel is only doing 1 catalog for all products including Signature, Ready-To-Run, track & power, Christmas plus Flyer. One can only guess if this is good for Flyer or not. He gave me a long explanation, but the two key...
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Found - American Flyer 1681 with 4 wheel trailing truck

George S ·
Looking for one in complete, running, nice condition with green stripe coal tender.
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American Flyer Semi Trailer Trucks

Rayin"S" ·
Dave Olson, Several years back Lionel made a couple of semi trailer trucks with two different blue and yellow paint schemes decorated with the AF logo. I have had discussions with several other members in our club and we wondered if there might be the possibility of one or two more with the red and white AF paint scheme? I would be in the market for these, would anyone else like to see these? Ray
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Which Hobby Stores In Your Area Have a Good, Regularly Refreshed Selection Of Postwar Trains?

Dennis GS-4 N & W No. 611 ·
I have been finding recently that at least two of the hobby shops in our area have been buying postwar trains and keeping a reasonably good selection for display and sale. My sense is that the selection has become better over time. This makes each visit a bit more of an adventure, more than merely looking at the episodic arrival of new product from current manufacturers. The two hobby shops where I have recently noticed this influx are Great Lakes Hobby in Sterling Heights, MI, and Empire...
 
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