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I had the chance to pick up what I think is an earlier version of this rather common engine; 4 piece metal body (stamped "10 48" inside), "fancier" valve gear, separate handrails on boiler, back of cab and holding pilot in place...all very similar to my (2) 300 steamers.

Of course it didn't run; turns out the large gear that runs the "choo choo" plunger was seized; once I got that free (and cleaned everything) it bench runs fine...

I have now turned my attention to the tender; on this model (and unlike the 300) this has the reverse mechanism in the tender. Once cleaned, it seems to sequence okay, but does not work with the engine attached; will have to see if the wires connecting the two are okay.

Once again, I find these old pieces to be pretty much indestructible...and loads of fun to work on!

Mark in Oregon

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An update...if anyone's listening.

Here it is; still carrying the filth of 70-plus years, but mechanically sound and runs great.

All it really needed was a good strip-down and cleaning; the only modification I made was to replace the wires for the headlight with slightly longer and more flexible wire.

AF #302

Sometimes, you just gotta love the old stuff! 

Mark in Oregon

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Oh we're listening and watching.  Well done.  Enjoy.  Tom is spot on -- that four-piece die cast Atlantic, especially your model in particular, is in my opinion the best rendering ACG ever produced.  I used to own and enjoy one.  And why yours in particular?  Because it has the valve guide stabilizing screw at the cab end of the slide.  Others did not come with that "extra" screw and I think it serves a very good purpose.  

@Sgaugian posted:

Oh we're listening and watching.  Well done.  Enjoy.  Tom is spot on -- that four-piece die cast Atlantic, especially your model in particular, is in my opinion the best rendering ACG ever produced.  I used to own and enjoy one.  And why yours in particular? Because it has the valve guide stabilizing screw at the cab end of the slide.  Others did not come with that "extra" screw and I think it serves a very good purpose.  

Oh yeah; I hadn't noticed that before...thanks!

My 300s don't have that, and my 302AC (which is the first Flyer engine I ever got) has the cheaper stamped valve gear and one piece boiler.

Mark in Oregon

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@AmFlyer posted:

That 1948 4-piece engine is the best looking Atlantic Gilbert made. Enjoy it!

Respectfully, I'd give the vote for best looking Gilbert Atlantic to the 1946 No. 300 version. Why? The smoke box front is in the prototypically correct position for a Reading P7-sb (the prototype Gilbert modeled) and it is labeled "Reading" on the tender. Gilbert extended the boiler casting in the front to accommodate the smoke unit in 1948. Love my 1948 No. 302 which is more fun to operate and a real favorite, but the best 'looker' is 1946, IMHO.

Bob

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As a closet AF guy... I think that's a pretty nifty looking steam engine!

And it smokes, too?

Andre

Andre

At the risk of "re-awakening" your S gauge jones... 😁...yes it does; like crazy. In my opinion,  the Gilbert engines have a "better" smoke system than Lionels of similar vintage; and although I find the "choo choo" to be a little annoying, I think it's a very effective...and again, beautifully simple method.

Mark in Oregon

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