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Hello all,  I am putting together a layout with old all aboard panels I have collected over the years.

Does anyone know if the houses used on the All Aboard panels were specific to them?  Or are the houses HO scale?  The ones I have are smaller than other Plasticville buildings.

Also I have read that the L shaped Rancher in the whistle panel pictures may or may not have been produced, any information about that would be appreciated.

Aflyer

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All I know plus a lot more is contained on the americanflyerdisplays.org website. There are historical pictures of the prototypes on that site. This site also has a link to a dedicated site for the AllAboard sets. I was not aware that the buildings were sourced from Plasticville (Bachmann). They appear to be a different basic design.

Tom,

Thank you, I have been all over that site and learned quite a bit from it.   In fact that is where I read that a the house in the photo on the 26122 Whistle panel may not h=ave ever been produced.  

I agree the buildings are significantly different and smaller than the few Plasticville pieces I have, thus my questions.

I have attached a picture of the Whistle Panel house, on a panel, VS on the box.

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George, I have a full schedule today and will be away until Monday so I quick looked in the storage crate with some Pikemaster in it. There was only one building plus some accessories and track. It is white with red trim and a green roof that has a lot of blue in the color. These are definitely not Plasticville and there were no identifying marks I could spot.



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Tom,

Very nice building, I do have two of those but they both have red roofs.

The other building I have is the tan one with the blue roof, like the picture I posted above.  

That may be the only two buildings AF used, even though the All Aboard boxes show many different colors as well as that L shaped Rancher.

Thank you for digging it out and posting the picture.

Here is my start to putting together a Westerner set.  A long ways to go yet.

GeorgeA start

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I jut picked up an HO plasticville barn that looks very much like the one in your photo, but is yours a plasticville piece.  Is the silo attached?   I was on one of  Amato's sites last night and didn't find anything, but I will look again.

Thank you,

George

The Westerner Set is buried in the upstairs of the garage and pretty inaccessible at the moment so I can't readily answer your question on the barn. That said, I've never had any inclination that these buildings are Plasticville in origin. I have a couple of old Hobby Surplus catalogs (my wife says I never throw anything out...she's right!) and it appears they were still selling All Aboard and James Bond scenery in 1996.

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I wish I was one of the high school kids that spent the summer sorting and cataloging all those flyer parts.  It is an amazing story.  That is a great page you posted from their catalog, I didn't even know they had one.

I went through the parts list again today, looks like most of the plastic stuff is gone, other that doors, windows etc.    I posted the link below, and not sure if there are other sites for their parts.

https://trainrepairparts.com/s...n-flyer-repair-parts

George

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