Tagged With "American Flyer"

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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: 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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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 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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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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First American Flyer O gauge

Stu Gralnik ·
I picked up this O gauge American Flyer set at the local consignment/ thrift store today. All of my other prewar is Lionel so I am looking for information about the set, Especially the engine and tender. Some interesting things about the engine is the cow catcher is not solid, The trailing truck has 2 journal boxes but only one set of wheels. When looking at the inside of the truck I do not see holes for a set of wheels in front of the truck. The tender is an oil type and has a whistle. The...
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Re: First American Flyer O gauge

franktrain ·
Flyer did the same on the Hiawatha only one axle on the rear truck. Looks like the wheels are in good shape. I believe this loco has firebox glow too. Nice pickup let us know if it runs okay.
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Re: First American Flyer O gauge

Dan65train ·
First year for the Hudson. Trailing truck correct. Tender needs Flyer's special 4 rail track to activate whistle. You can see an ebay listing here. PREWAR AMERICAN FLYER O GAUGE TRAIN WHISTLE TRACK 4 RAIL BANKED CARDBOARD BASE . I have a couple of these Hudsons and some will make it on lionel's 31" diameter curves but they don't like it. They were designed for 40" I believe. Nice smooth runners. Dan
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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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Re: American Flyer number games

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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Re: American Flyer number games

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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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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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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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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American Flyer Reverse unit wiring O gauge

Roy O ·
Need help on wiring for my AF reverse unit. Pk up contact, brushes, reverse unit coil and field. Photos included. Thank you Roy O
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Re: American Flyer 565 Wiring problem.

Train Doctor ·
Just one point, the prewar American Flyer locos use different contact sets, the contacts on the front of the reverse unit are the same as the postwar, but the off set contacts on top of the reverse unit are opposite arranged, off set to the left, instead of to the right, as postwar locos use. Doug Peck has the correct contacts, do a google search to get his email address.
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Re: American Flyer 565 Wiring problem.

Streamlined Steamroller ·
Originally Posted by Train Doctor: Just one point, the prewar American Flyer locos use different contact sets, the contacts on the front of the reverse unit are the same as the postwar, but the off set contacts on top of the reverse unit are opposite arranged, off set to the left, instead of to the right, as postwar locos use. Doug Peck has the correct contacts, do a google search to get his email address. I actually have fixed this loco! I have seen online that you will have to replace the...
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Re: Still Trying To Figure Out What Direction To Pursue In S Advice Please

Rusty Traque ·
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Re: Still Trying To Figure Out What Direction To Pursue In S Advice Please

TOKELLY ·
S scale is the perfect size for running a model railroad. As long as you realize that the assortment of rolling stock is far more limited than either HO or O scale, S is an excellent choice. Within S scale (I'm referring to it as the more accurate "scale" than the common "gauge."), there are the two choices you noted: "scale," meaning more prototypically sized rail, wheels, and couplers; and high-rail that is larger and more toy-like. The scale-sized products are available from American...
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Re: Still Trying To Figure Out What Direction To Pursue In S Advice Please

Bill Nielsen ·
The scale wheel vs. hirail wheels problem is not impossible to overcome, but doing so reduces the scale look of your track. You will still have to use oversized rail, and for my layout, I chose to use closed-frog turnouts, which can work with either sized flanges. Originally this was because I wanted to accommodate hi-rail because a friend was a big Flyer fan, though he still hasn’t tried to run anything on my layout. Recently, I have found myself running an Atlantic and a 4-4-0 (both of...
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Re: Still Trying To Figure Out What Direction To Pursue In S Advice Please

Rusty Traque ·
DCC uses it's own power source, it is not DC. DCC puts out a modulated square wave alternating voltage resembling a communications signal rather than the fixed sine wave frequency of AC. A conventional DC locomotive will just sit and buzz on a DCC powered track. Any Legacy Flyer locomotive made after 2012 will run on DCC. A FlyerChief locomotive will run using a DCC power source, but has to be operated off of the FlyerChief handheld controller. Rusty
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Re: Still Trying To Figure Out What Direction To Pursue In S Advice Please

Classy Woods, LLC ·
Hoping my layout will be 15' x 30' and want to run multiple locomotives at the same time. So if I am understandig this: Lionel Legacy : DCC controller okay And TMCC American Models: install decorders and sound for DCC If I own any Flychief they need to be ran using their own remote but the DCC powesource is okay. No big deal. It seems to me DC is the way to go if I am not concerend with running older American Flyer? So AC is more attune to operating conventional locos like older American...
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Re: Still Trying To Figure Out What Direction To Pursue In S Advice Please

AmFlyer ·
Bill, the thread 3 below this one in the S Forum called Fox Valley Turnouts has a lot of information on how to make open frog turnouts work for scale and high rail. I also posted closeup pictures of my turnouts there. It requires getting the height of the frog insert correct and the spacing between the rails and wing rails correct. When this is done all highrail wheelsets must be perfectly in gauge to work w/o derailing. 100% of the Lionel Flyer rolling stock will have to be regauged, all...
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Re: Still Trying To Figure Out What Direction To Pursue In S Advice Please

Rusty Traque ·
Pretty much correct. Unless you're going to get serious about running traditional AC powered Flyer, I would suggest save a couple of bucks and get AM with DC operation and install DCC at your leisure. AM has sound in a couple of locomotives, but it's very archaic and nowhere near anyone else in sound quality. As I mentioned earlier, I'm a Scale Guy. My railroad will run DC or DCC at the flip of the block toggles and that works well for me. I wind up running conventional DC for the most part...
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Re: American Flyer Semi Trailer Trucks

Rayin"S" ·
Mark, That is exactly my thought, I never considered putting it on a rail car but using it on the roadways. I have seen many places where even 1/43rd cars are on flyer layouts, but I am toy train/ high rail oriented. Ray
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Re: Looking for American Flyer Fan in Western Pennslyvania

trainroomgary ·
Hi Mark / This is a new video, published, November 14th., 2016 / you may find this helpful. If I could push an easy button, I would go from Lionel to A.C. Gilbert American Flyer. As a kid I shared American Flyer Trains, with my two brothers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAiUBUWyz8w TM's American Flyer Legends in Action Spectacular layouts covering the evolution of American Flyer trains over the past 100 years. From the tinplate wide gauge of the Prewar years to A.C. Gilbert's 3/16" O...
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Re: Looking for American Flyer Fan in Western Pennslyvania

Rayin"S" ·
If I could push an easy button, I would go from Lionel to A.C. Gilbert American Flyer. As a kid I shared American Flyer Trains, with my two brothers. Gary, We would welcome you with open arms, you are an asset to Lionel and I know you would be much appreciated in S. Ray
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Re: Looking for American Flyer Fan in Western Pennslyvania

Mark Boyce ·
Thank you all! Jim is right, I am just looking for someone to help my wife's friend dispose of the AF trains to someone who can appreciate them, but give her a reasonable amount of cash in return. Gary and Ray, As for S Gauge, yes it does look appealing when I try to plan for all I want to run in a small amount of space. I am no stranger to changing scales, as I stated. I have had HO, then N, then HO again, and finally O 3-rail, with a dabble into HOn3 and On30 thrown in for fun. However, I...
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Re: Looking for American Flyer Fan in Western Pennslyvania

trainroomgary ·
Hi Ray: Thank you for the kind words, greatly appreciated. I keep my A.C. Gilbert Trains in the attic. We live an a old house with a walk in attic. This year when I go up to get the Christmas Tree and lights, I am going to look for my share of my boyhood American Flyer Trains. I will post photos of them on this tread and hit you up with an e-mail. Thanks; Gary and
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Re: Looking for American Flyer Fan in Western Pennslyvania

nkalbrr ·
Have you heard from Jon? . If not PM me and I'll talk to him on Monday. Our club has a large amount of Flyer Fans and I'm sure someone could help.
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Re: Looking for American Flyer Fan in Western Pennslyvania

Mark Boyce ·
Thank you for asking. With all that has been going on for me, I have not called. I have the list on the desk by the computer so I am reminded of it. Yes if you get the chance, please ask. I will try calling him this next week. Thank you!
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Re: American Models SD 60 for repairs

richs09 ·
Ray - I'll contact you off list regarding the reverser. What lube do you use? The drive train - at least the part you see from the bottom of the truck - is all plastic. I don't know whether that affects choice of lube. As an old (in both senses of the word) Flyer guy, I'm used to metal on metal... The reason I said ignore all the other screws in the bottom comes from the same experience you had - namely I removed all the screws! - Rich
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Re: American Flyer Prewar 629 Engine Type XXI

MTN ·
Gotta be careful with repo prewar Flyer wheels - the kinda coppery looking repros for the 574 are for show only, they don't work properly when putting power to them. Your best bet is to find a chassis with intact wheels.
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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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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 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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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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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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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 & 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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