American Flyer HO

Does anyone have wiring diagrams for the American Flyer 5318 HO engine? The "E" unit has a relay and not sure how to wire it up or what it is used for.

Thanks,

Ed Goldin

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The relay senses DC on AC when you change direction and triggers the coil of the reverse unit which determines the direction the engine will go. Am looking for a wiring diagram for this engine.

 

Ed Goldin

Lionel Authorized Repair Station

Specializing in American Flyer, S-Helper and

American Models TMCC Installations

Authorized ERR Dealer

Member TCA & NASG 





 

 

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Ed,

I don't have the wiring diagram you're looking for, but here are some sources to check with if you haven't already:

  1. http://www.gilbertho.org 
  2. https://groups.io/g/gilbertHOtrains
  3. Dale Smith - gilbertafho@att.net - AF HO enthusiast.  Earlier this year Dale shared with me that at the time he thought the people with the best overall knowledge of Gilbert HO were Dom San Giovanni, Joe King, Bill Cucchi, Jay Stelzenmuller, Bob Bretch, and Bruce Gripkey in CA (661-822-6656).  Check with Dale for the latest.
  4. Gary Klein - wrote a book over 20 years ago (I have a signed copy), but sold his collection and parts to Doug Peck in Jan 2018, so he may not be into it any more.
  5. Charles Sommer - also have his book from over 20 years ago, but I think Charlie might be suffering from health issues/aging.

Curious design and approach.  Reminds me of some prewar AF whistle baggage cars with a reverse unit in them -- for a whistle?  Just the way they did things - for awhile anyway. 

Good luck and let us know what you come up to solve the mystery.  Thanks. 

Dave

PS  I have two AF HO steam engines for sale -- PRR 433 0-6-0 slope back, and NYC 443 Hudson.

David Horn

Dave,

Thanks for the info and I will pass along the info about the HO engines for sale. I will try to contact Dale and see what he can help me with. 

Ed Goldin

Lionel Authorized Repair Station

Specializing in American Flyer, S-Helper and

American Models TMCC Installations

Authorized ERR Dealer

Member TCA & NASG 





 

 

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