Lionel has been making American Flyer S Gauge trains since 1979. The O Gauge Railroading Lionel/AF VIDEO presentation concisely covers some of the high points of almost 34 years of S gauge production. The basic idea was to demonstrate to Lionel Collectors Club of America members that learning about S gauge trains opens up a whole new world of Lionel collecting and operating.

 

Lionel production has progressed from three freight cars made from original A C Gilbert molds in 1979 to a first ever separate 2012 Catalog featuring articulated 2-8-8-2 steamers, SD70ACe Diesels loaded with the latest Legacy command control features and RailSounds that sport all new S scale tooling.


Here's an educational and eye opening look at 2 rail Lionel S Scale.


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That's a pretty nice AF Primer, Ed.  You've provided a nice, general overview without getting bogged down in the minutia.

 

Seeing your collector friend wouldn't let you open the Pony Express box, here's what the locomotives look like for the benefit of the viewers:

 

CP LTI 6-48106-19-07 PA1 A-B-A UP

 

The only disagreement I would have regards the MoPac set.  The paint isn't 100% correct for the prototype.  MoPac used light gray, where Lionel used silver.  Still, it's nice looking:

 

CP LTI 6-48112-18-13 PA1 A-B-A MP

 

Rusty

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Originally Posted by NotInWI:

Good video, I hope it is well received by the LCCA members.

 

Ben

LCCA members appreciated Ed all week long.  Ed was very active and accesible to our members  throughout the entire convention week.  Yes,  LCCA member's appreciate S-Gage trains and what Ed had to say.   Ed was also an active member of the LCCA committee for the LCCA/Lionel Fastrack Modular Railroad layout.   Thank you Ed for your contributions.  

Thanks for the video Ed. I started collecting the MPC era AF by Lionel. Good Stuff.

I hope with Flyer being through the roof, we will see a Postwar Celebration Series for Flyer!

Mark

TCA, LCCA,

All Lionel!!

Postwar, MPC, LTI Standard O, PWC, CC, Plasticville..All the way!!!!

 

Great video!  I have several Flyonel pieces and especially like the items that are close reproductions of originals such as the baggage smasher.  I do like the MTH aircraft and checkerboard towers better than what Lionel did because of the plastic shack.

 

But here's what really bothers me:  I have the Missouri Pacific set with all of the add-on cars and Railsounds B-unit EXCEPT I don't have the latest released full baggage car.  :-(

 

I missed the boat!  I tried like crazy calling all suppliers to no avail and even Lionel.  I keep checking ebay and all I find are plenty of other roadnames available.  Did Lionel make fewer of these?  This is one of my favorite sets and I wish it was complete.  I like the nice job Lionel did on this set. 

Originally Posted by Philo:

Great video!  I have several Flyonel pieces and especially like the items that are close reproductions of originals such as the baggage smasher.  I do like the MTH aircraft and checkerboard towers better than what Lionel did because of the plastic shack.

 

But here's what really bothers me:  I have the Missouri Pacific set with all of the add-on cars and Railsounds B-unit EXCEPT I don't have the latest released full baggage car.  :-(

 

I missed the boat!  I tried like crazy calling all suppliers to no avail and even Lionel.  I keep checking ebay and all I find are plenty of other roadnames available.  Did Lionel make fewer of these?  This is one of my favorite sets and I wish it was complete.  I like the nice job Lionel did on this set. 

I had the same problem with the UP baggage. I finally got one 2 months ago on ebay for about $80. You just have to keep trying.

Ed, I'm not an S Gauge guy (except for a few pieces of PW Gilbert) but I am very impressed with the video. I may have to take a second look at S. By the way, the narrator was very professional and has a great "narration voice", in comparison to so many other hobby video narrators. Thanks for posting this.

John 

 

 LCCA PCA TCA

 ILLINOIS RAILWAY MUSEUM        

 www.irm.org   

 

 

 

Hi Ed, wonderful job on the video. I think it is a good thing that we should all be reminded from time to time what a great product Gilbert put out. Sometimes we tend to forget what a positive effect AF had on the direction O-gauge took in the fifties. 

Competition has a way of bringing out the best on both sides, just look at MTH and Lionel.

 

To add to what Al K said above; we don't have to attend the LCCA convention to appreciate Ed Boyle.

 

Keep Your Rails Polished!

NJ HiRailer

(Just Picture The Image)

Ok...S Gauge with Legacy?  I'm in.   I am presently building my O layout and will plan on adding an S loop for that CSX SD70.  Is the Lionel S catalog online?  I need to determine the minimum diiameter track for that diesel. 

Rick
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