I grew up with Lionel and Marx, but had two friends with American Flyer, and always liked AF for its realistic look.  I have slowly been gathering some Gilbert isues and within the last year added a loop to run them on the layout.

 

I bought a few link-era cars, a steam engine and ATSF PA diesels, but then decided to specialize further.  I had had the 1956 AF catalog as a kid, and wanted that North Coast Limited set so-o-o bad.  It never came, but the 1956 catalog has become the basis for my AF collection.  How's that for specializing?

 

I love watching the 970 Automatic Walking Brakeman car and 977 Action Caboose!  I love the steam engines' sounds and those flashing whitewalls.  I'll never get the complete catalog, but I'm having fun looking.

 

Oh, and I did get my North Coast Limited, though the 1992 version, in 2006 - 50 years after the original was produced.  It's just as beautiful as I though it would be!

 

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