Staying with a theme, here are some pictures of the Lithographed version of Flyer's Burlington Zephyr. It was only listed in the Flyer catalog in , although it was listed in other specialty catalogs for several years after. It was intended to be a lower cost alternative to the cast aluminum set.
It came in several sets with different numbers of cars. It came in either 3 or 5unit sets. I have a 4 unit set. So that means that either I have an extra car that got added along the way, or one of the original cars got lost somewhere. Ahhhh, another reason to cruise Ebay!. The background is actually a few pieces from the Trainorama.
I thought you would like to see it. Thanks for the lead on eBay. Flyer's Hudsons are beautiful. That model is one of my collectiong goals for I already have it on my watched items. You are right! When I saw the Trainarama, I did get excited. The trainarama is a beautiful accesory. Maybe one day. This is another of the sheet metal streamliners that American Flyer produced. It only appeared in the catalog. It is known as the Illinois Central Streamliner.
It has also been known as the Green Diamond. Mine has some issues with its paint, but it tends to be difficult to find. I can just imagine someone stepping on the train by accident under the Christmas tree. I just got high speed internet today. I can't believe how much easier it is to upload and post pictures. Its a good thing that Gilbert production was made of sturdy plastic. I'm guessing that many trains have met their end by being stepped on.
I have one more example of the sheet metal streamliners made by American Flyer. This is one called The Comet. It was produced in only. It never appeared in the Flyer consumer catalog, but I have read that it did appear in a seperate train brochure that featured low-end trains.
It is a another delicate train that could have been easily damaged. The Comet is unique in that it has a powered head car and an identical unpowered car as the tail car rather than an observation. There are two other sheet metal streamliners. I am still looking for good examples of these to add to the collection. O Wow! Look its a box for me. Its from eBay!!!!. I hope I can get it into the train room before my wife sees it. I wonder why it took so long to come.
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Skip to main content There's a problem loading this menu right now. Artist Overview Albums Digital Music. Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November Thursday 21 November Friday 22 November Saturday 23 November Sunday 24 November Monday 25 November Tuesday 26 November Wednesday 27 November Thursday 28 November Friday 29 November Saturday 30 November Sunday 1 December Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December Thursday 5 December Friday 6 December Saturday 7 December Sunday 8 December Monday 9 December Tuesday 10 December Wednesday 11 December Thursday 12 December Friday 13 December Saturday 14 December Sunday 15 December Monday 16 December Tuesday 17 December Wednesday 18 December Thursday 19 December Friday 20 December Saturday 21 December Sunday 22 December Monday 23 December Tuesday 24 December Wednesday 25 December Thursday 26 December Friday 27 December Saturday 28 December Sunday 29 December In any case I've had a devil of a time finding a Tuscan Baggage car until I saw this little fellow for sale.
Consider my good fortune in not only finding a Tuscan Baggage car, but one with mail pickup, special track section and it's original mail bag. Based on what I have witnessed so far the Tuscan mail car is a hard find. If anyone has any input on this please chime in. Regardless, I am glad to have this one! Gray Cat - Nice catch on the Tuscan mail pick-up! I have only the Green After a closer look at my there are 4 spots where they placed the decals on and none of the have the number, just "American Flyer Lines".
I see no mention in my Greenberg book about this. It all looks original on the car. I'm trying to acquire the series freight cars and I'm more than half way complete. The series will be next. As these were only made barely for three years it's not an easy task. Life is what happens to you While you're busy making other plans - John Lennon.
Ray, collecting these trains is an exercise in patience for sure. But well worth the wait when we find a coveted piece. As to the decals it's like so many other things we see. Perhaps on the day they finished your car they ran out of number decals or the person putting them in place didn't know any better? We just don't know. But it is neat to see the variations. So good in fact that you have tempted me to start adding a few pieces to my collection.
Like AF53 I have been adding one piece at a time. I've been trying to put together a passenger train of the series cars; but mine are in green. Those Tuscan cars are indeed a difficult set to find. Here is what I have so far. That's all I need, more competition, UGH!!!!!! All kidding aside Northwoods, good luck. HaHa that's what I was thinking too! There's still plenty of this stuff around. Northwoods, as I am finding out it is no easy task to collect these trains or is it easy to keep a thread on them going and interesting.
They were manufactured for such a short time. Fortunately with continued support here on the forum we are keeping it going. As we have noted the side effect of keeping up or renewing interest is that they become "interesting".. Here are a few more shots of my Tuscan Mail car. SO I did the layout in O. First with Lionel.. I bought it and was instantly bit by the bug! It was the perfect fit. These trains were the granddaddy's to my S gauge. These are the hot shots that started it all. To date I have amassed a small but interesting collection of these early Gilbert trains and their operating accessories.
This is the the remote directional control version of the behemoth of the American Flyer line. This engine is rubber stamped with , but the RDC makes it a The Remote Directional Control allows the reversing unit to be cycled with a special control button that sends a small DC pulse over the AC line to the track. The engine can stop and start all day long in forward until the control is activated and the reversing unit is sequenced.
This is especially useful with accessories like the talking station or toolshed. This engine is part of set no. Unfortunately the cast stock car was missing and in it's stead was a sheetmetal box car.
I'm on the lookout for a nice to make this set complete. There was also a with RC standard reversing unit, lever through top of boiler casting that was catalogued and stamped or There were a few incarnations of the The earliest one had a spur gear motor, which drove the wheels from a small gear on the motor to gear sets on the drive wheels. This wheel configuration also came as part of a "kit" to be assembled at home. This one is particularly rare and I'm sure expensive to buy now.
I'm anxious to see pictures of these various styles surface here. This image below shows the engine with Remote Directional Control unit on top. A DC pulse pulls the solenoid in and that sequences the reversing unit. There is also a small toothpick sized hole in the casting above the solenoid plate. I imagine this was so you could manually cycle the reversing unit should it become stuck.
This is the Remote Directional Controller.. This is a picture of the American Flyer Hudson with standard reversing unit. This has the reverse lever through the boiler casting as found on early production postwar engines. This could be used to manually lock the reversing unit in forward, or reverse if you chose to do so. The was advertised as the Hudson with remote directional control. This is a picture of the Pennsylvania K-5 pacific standard reversing unit. All of these engines have superb detail and especially the valve gear workings.
This is the It uses the same casting as the Pennsylvania K-5, however it is not a Pacific wheel layout nor does it use the scale type tender casting. It also has less detail in the valve gear than the K5. This engine uses the Coleman Chicago Flyer tender. It was sold as a lesser priced set or solo engine than the K Here is Gilbert's Royal Blue. A torpedo engine, based on the Baltimore and Ohio's flagship.
It is quite accurate. Gilbert continued this engine postwar in the S gauge lineup, but curiously discontinued the blue passenger cars and offered it as a freight only set. Here is the diminutive little Atlantic. I have since acquired a number of these and a few of them actually have a Chugger!
This Atlantic was part of a set where none of the rolling stock had journal covers either. Not sure if these was a budget set for a department store, or I believe I read that some early sets were sold off like this after Here is another tender that has been repainted and decaled. This one is a "Chugger".
Gilbert designed a motor power unit to mount inside tenders and other rolling stock. I just restored this unit and it now works surprisingly well. It adds a whole new level of play value to these trains. This chugger would later be refined to become the first smoke in tender units seen postwar.Check out American Flyer on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon. Such a Beautiful Feeling. on American Flyer. Such a Beautiful Feeling on American Flyer. Listen Now $ In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart Spirit of a Woman.
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