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Well hello F.E.F. fans, today my post has a little item from close to a century ago.  The American Flyer (Chicago Flyer) 3110 locomotive from 1928-29.  Now, before you look at the pictures, I will admit that this little guy has had his share of bumps and bruises over the years and shows some "play wear" as the advertisements on E-bay seem to always say !  However he has his pantograph, bell, light, type 2 handrails, brass ovals, red pilot and gold trim as per the guide book description of the original configuration, so he seems to have survived intact.  He has no reverse but he is happy to run forward and pull his little 2 car passenger train.  If I can still function this well at 90 years of age, I will be happy!

AF 3110 front closeAF 3110 front with lightAF 3110 front quarter

Happy F.E. F. everyone...Best wishes for a good weekend coming up.

Don

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The American Flyer (Chicago Flyer) 3110 locomotive from 1928-29.  Now, before you look at the pictures, I will admit that this little guy has had his share of bumps and bruises over the years and shows some "play wear"…

That is a great little toy.  Looks like someone enjoyed playing with it, and considering it’s age, did not abuse it.

Ron @CAPPilot: Thank you for your comment.  You know, your comment about playing with the toy but not abusing it seems to bring back memories to me.  In today's world we sometimes forget that "electric toy trains" for most of our parents, (certainly mine) were EXPENSIVE Toys, meant to be cherished and played with (especially when we were younger) under adult supervision.  That's why for many of us, they came out of storage just after Thanksgiving and went back into storage just after New Years...that was the "window" of play.  I can just imagine in 1929 as the Depression deepened that my little guy did indeed get played with carefully and as you say without abuse.  Too precious to abuse for sure.

Best wishes

Don

For FEF day.

Southern California Surfer Dude visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico says, "Dude, like wow, which end is the front"?! Bystander, "Um, the locomotive with the crew in the cab most likely". Socal dude, "Oh Dude, that's so true man".

Having been born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I feel obligated to razz my Socal surfer friends, one of which is a doctor that graduated from Stanford Med! Takes all kinds!

Happy Friday!!!

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Thanks guys.  Those are the engines.  Most rolling stock is boxed in the garage some boxes still on the floor of the "trainroom".  Trying to get all the boxes out of the was so I can get the 4x8 out of the garage and in the room.

Mike the theory was to wind up with a big enough layout to run 4 trains at a time but things didn't work out that way so now I have way too much of everything.

Well Happy F.E.F to everyone...its a sunny but cold (35 deg) day here in central Texas...sorry about the snow some of you posted.  My offering today is a late postwar, 1962-63  Alco diesel from Lionel.  This was sold as an A unit only and was part of the "Advanced Catalog Set" #11011 along with a red 3510 satellite car and an unmarked yellow work caboose both somewhat rare.  It was also part of 23 different promotional outfits for various retailers between 1963-64 ( see "Authoritative Guide to Lionel's Promotional Outfits, 1960-69" by John W. Schmid).  So cheap thou it was, Lionel exploited it quite a bit in the 60's but after '64 it disappeared.  So here is the Lionel 221 Rio Grande Alco A.  By the way, in the MPC thread many have talked about the poor drive mechanisms used by MPC especially on their lower lines. Well, I have never seen a worse drive mechanism that this loco. A vertical shaft, right out of the motor armature to a rt hand drive to the one powered axle.  All exposed to the air...  Only saving grace is that after 62 years she still does work (see video) and can pull a few cars (very few).

So here is the official F.E.F view

Lionel 221 Alco front view

Side view showing more of the cab

Lionel 221 Alco side view

Two pictures of her pulling a short train with Rio Grande caboose #9077 offered by MPC from 1976-1983 and then offered by both MPC  (till '85) and then LTI (till1991) as an uncatalogued car.

Lionel 221 Alco train from frontLionel 221 Alco train from rear



Well Happy Friday everyone. Hope you have a great weekend

Don

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Well Happy F.E.F to everyone...its a sunny but cold (35 deg) day here in central Texas...sorry about the snow some of you posted.  My offering today is a late postwar, 1962-63  Alco diesel from Lionel.  This was sold as an A unit only and was part of the "Advanced Catalog Set" #11011 along with a red 3510 satellite car and an unmarked yellow work caboose both somewhat rare.  It was also part of 23 different promotional outfits for various retailers between 1963-64 ( see "Authoritative Guide to Lionel's Promotional Outfits, 1960-69" by John W. Schmid).  So cheap thou it was, Lionel exploited it quite a bit in the 60's but after '64 it disappeared.  So here is the Lionel 221 Rio Grande Alco A.  By the way, in the MPC thread many have talked about the poor drive mechanisms used by MPC especially on their lower lines. Well, I have never seen a worse drive mechanism that this loco. A vertical shaft, right out of the motor armature to a rt hand drive to the one powered axle.  All exposed to the air...  Only saving grace is that after 62 years she still does work (see video) and can pull a few cars (very few).

So here is the official F.E.F view

Lionel 221 Alco front view

Side view showing more of the cab

Lionel 221 Alco side view

Two pictures of her pulling a short train with Rio Grande caboose #9077 offered by MPC from 1976-1983 and then offered by both MPC  (till '85) and then LTI (till1991) as an uncatalogued car.

Lionel 221 Alco train from frontLionel 221 Alco train from rear



Well Happy Friday everyone. Hope you have a great weekend

Don

Nice selection Don and lash up. Thanks for sharing

Patrick, great shot.  From the upper two thirds of the photo I actually thought you took it at a museum or of a cosmetically restored relic sitting in a park.  As I scrolled down and saw the diverging track I realized it was your layout.  Very believable realism!

Here's my contribution for this week.

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