American Flyer 727 Curved Rubber Roadbed and Track With "Sharp As Nails" Track Pins - Can Anyone Identify These Items?

In doing a bit of reorganizing I located a box with American Flyer Rubber Roadbed including (American Flyer 727 Curved Roadbed) and, curved and straight track with steel pins that are sharp as nails.  [These track don't seem terribly safe for children.] There is also the straight AF Rubber roadbed, although I didn't copy the product number.  

The roadbed is marked "THE A. C. GILBERT CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U. S. A."  There also appears to be the designation, "PA - 1138[?] PAT PEND".  I recall obtaining this track and roadbed with some Super "0" track from a local hobby store that was closing about 25 years ago.

Can anyone identify this track and roadbed?

Cordially,  Dennis

The Water Level Route

Original Post

Well the roadbed is for the 2 rail S gauge  American Flyer track. lots of info and pictures found here. Surprised to hear the pins are that sharp. It is thinner than Lionel O gauge track pins and does have an angled tip. Sounds like you have some run of the mill American Flyer track and roadbed.

Mark

Those sharp pins are scary and could potentially cause a nasty puncture wound. I hadn't seen them before on AF track until about a year or so ago when my dad picked up some track and and switches on Ebay. If I recall correctly, the one '40s era #720 switch that he got had those sharp pins, as did a couple of the pieces of track.

Not only are they dangerous, but the seem to slide relatively easily back into the track.

C W Burfle posted:

American Flyer wasn't alone in using sharp track pins. Over the years I've seen plenty of tubular track with track pins that looked like the pointed end of a nail. Judging by the way the pins were inserted, they did not look to be user installed.

I had also concluded that the pins were shipped this way by the manufacturer, although, as you state, each of the pins literally looks like the point of a nail.

Cordially,  Dennis

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  As a kid I managed to puncture my thumb a few times with Super O pins, so thinner ones for AF, did a number on some other thumbs, I'm sure.  I didn't care; once the pain and blood stopped anyhow, I was always right back at it. But per Capt. Mom, I only got new tubular O-27 from then on in

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

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