If any of you have been over on the O Gauge Forum, you will recognize my name and face. I have O Gauge trains, and when younger had HO and N trains. I have never been involved with American Flyer trains at all.

I have a request. My wife knows a woman who has a whole list of American Flyer trains she is trying to sell for a relative. I have the list, bought an AF price guide and looked up everything on her list. I know, you can't put much stock in price guides. I am looking for someone who knows American Flyer who could help direct us to someone she could sell them to. I do not know the condition of the trains, other than she indicates only a few items look rough. The rest look pretty good.

Does anyone know of anyone in Western Pennsylvania (specifically Butler) who would take a look at her trains. I can go get photos if someone would like to see some first.

Please let me know.
Thank you very much!!

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Thanks OG,

I was looking but didn't find this site!  Jim is right, he lives 4 miles from me, and the lady with the trains lives in the area.

Hi Mark  /  This is a new video, published, November 14th., 2016 / you may find this helpful.  If I could push an easy button, I would go from Lionel to A.C. Gilbert American Flyer.  As a kid I shared American Flyer Trains, with my two brothers. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAiUBUWyz8w

TM's American Flyer Legends in Action

Spectacular layouts covering the evolution of American Flyer trains over the past 100 years. From the tinplate wide gauge of the Prewar years to A.C. Gilbert's 3/16" O gauge to the 2-rail S gauge Postwar favorites to the modern scale models offered today -- you'll see a variety of Flyer trains in action. Visit http://www.tmbv.com for more information.

Gary

 If I could push an easy button, I would go from Lionel to A.C. Gilbert American Flyer.  As a kid I shared American Flyer Trains, with my two brothers. 

Gary,

We  would welcome you with open arms, you are an asset to Lionel and I know you would be much appreciated in S.

Ray 

I don't want to stir the pot but all Mark wanted was someone who could price some AF trains his neighbor had.  S gaugers are always recruiting !!  We know what they are and can and cannot do.

Thank you all!

Jim is right, I am just looking for someone to help my wife's friend dispose of the AF trains to someone who can appreciate them, but give her a reasonable amount of cash in return.

Gary and Ray, As for S Gauge, yes it does look appealing when I try to plan for all I want to run in a small amount of space.  I am no stranger to changing scales, as I stated.  I have had HO, then N, then HO again, and finally O 3-rail, with a dabble into HOn3 and On30 thrown in for fun.  However, I have a nice collection of O gauge now, and don't have the space to run S as well.  I'm an operator not a collector.

However, one never knows.  The first toy trains I saw were my uncle's American Flyer trains as I was a pre-schooler.  He moved away when I was 5, and I didn't see them after.  I could end up going full circle to what he had.  ???????????

Rayin"S" posted:

Gary,

We  would welcome you with open arms, you are an asset to Lionel and I know you would be much appreciated in S.

Ray 

Hi Ray:

Thank you for the kind words, greatly appreciated. I keep my A.C. Gilbert Trains in the attic.  We live an a old house with a walk in attic.  This year when I go up to get the Christmas Tree and lights, I am going to look for my share of my boyhood American Flyer Trains.  I will post photos of them on this tread and hit you up with an e-mail.

Thanks; Gary andCheers from Train Room Gary Pan 2 View

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Have you heard from Jon? . If not PM me and I'll talk to him on Monday. Our club has a large amount of Flyer Fans and I'm sure someone could help.

nkalbrr posted:

Have you heard from Jon? . If not PM me and I'll talk to him on Monday. Our club has a large amount of Flyer Fans and I'm sure someone could help.

Thank you for asking.  With all that has been going on for me, I have not called.  I have the list on the desk by the computer so I am reminded of it.

Yes if you get the chance, please ask.  I will try calling him this next week.  Thank you!

If your free on Monday night , were having a meeting at 7pm at the Harmarville Kings restaurant . Bring the list and pictures if you can. If you've been to the Monroeville show you have seen our module and the high rail layout

Thank you for the offer.  I will see if I can.  I have seen both layouts several times.  I love watching the guys who encourage the kids to participate with the accessories and the kids reactions!

I usually assist with the high-rail layout, it is fun for the kids to operate the log loader, coal loader and all the other operating accessories that the layout offers. The club members that put it together did an outstanding job. If you make it to Kings, the coffee and pie are on me.

I sure appreciate that!  Unfortunately, I had to get my car towed to the garage today.  I doubt they will get a chance to do any more than take a quick assessment tomorrow, so I probably won't have wheels!  Ugh!!  Like my dad always said, "I am always very thankful when the car breaks down in my driveway."  I can't gripe; the car is 13 years old.

If you would mention it to the group, and I can scan the list and send it to someone, or get with Jon.  I still need to get with my wife's friend to let her know this old dog is onto a scent now!

Many thanks, indeed!!

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Bruce,

I sent you an e-mail.  

My garage service manager often apologizes for having to charge what he does.  I tell him, since I am always bringing old cars in for him to fix, I expect it will cost a bit.  I think it is a starter, and not in the engine.  I just can't do much work on cars any more, but he treats me well.

Thank you!!!

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