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American Flyer O gauge Photo Gallery – one at a time!
3 Apr 2013
2:59 pm
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Northwoods Flyer said
1228 Tank Car

Here is another uncataloged car,  This time its from 1937.

 


 

I have always thought that this car is particularly attractive.

 

Thanks for posting!  If anyone has a high grade wheaties car that they are interested in selling…please let me know…I need that car to finish the uncataloged set!

10 Apr 2013
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Here is an unusual 3016 gondola from around 1932-1934?  Side one looks normal

 

 

However, Side 2 has no lettering

 

And the bottom is lettered "Sold as Shopworn"

 

23 Apr 2013
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I recently purchased a c. 1926 version of the 1096 locomotive and realized that I had not posted pictures of the 1096 engines when I posted pictures of the boxcab electrics.  So here are a few versions of the 1096

 

1096 c. 1925, note this one uses the earlier NYC style cab.

 

 

1096 c. 1926  This engine is painted black and now features the New Haven style cab, but features the earlier style cast pantograph/headlight on the roof, with a body mounted working headlight.  An interesting feature of my engine is that the cab is a brown lithographed body that has been factory overpainted in black.

 

 

The following picture shows the brown lithograph, where the engine is scratched in the lower left corner

 

 

Next up is a c. 1927 engine, which is to my knowlege denoted by having two pantographs on the roof.

 

 

And finally a c. 1928 engine which has both a pantograph and a bell on the roof.

 

 

26 Apr 2013
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A page back I detailed a number of American Flyer boxes and labels.  They were the more common boxes and labels.  There are also some very unusual boxes / labels that Flyer did for specific retailers. 

 

Below is a c. 1933 box top that was produced for Macy's

 

 

 

26 Apr 2013
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Another specialty label was the early Empire Express labels that are believed to be JC Penney specific and pre-date the Nation Wide Lines trains / labels.  This label is c. 1928 and the set I received with the box was not a typical Little American as it came with 2 1107 coaches instead of 1120 coach and 1120 observation.

 

26 Apr 2013
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Here is another Empire Express labeled box, which is c. 1927 or 1928.  This box has both an end label and a top label.  The Empire Express top label is very unusual and difficult to find.

 

 

 

 

27 Apr 2013
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Here is the unusual American Flyer Macy's Speed Special set c. 1933

 

Box Top

 

 

Engine, a red 3110

 

 

Red 3140 with decals

 

 

Red 3541 with decals – The 3541 is a lighted 4 wheel car.

 

Red 3542 observation, again a lighted car.

 

 

Unfortunately, other than the specially marked setbox, there are no other features that identify the set as a Macy's set.  Recently, I became aware that similar sets were sold in regular American Flyer boxes, so the key to the identifying a Macy's set by Flyer is the box with the Macy's Speed Special label, as opposed to the actual set.

27 Apr 2013
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Cool set.  I do like Flyer red too!

 

24 May 2013
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Here is an interesting early newspaper advertisement showing an American Flyer train.  This is a 2 part scan, due to the ad being slightly larger than my scanner's capability.

 

This advertisment is believed to date from November of 1920, due to partial information on the backside of the ad.  I also believe it to be from a Chicago newspaper due to the ads on front and back for Chicago companies.

 

In talking with a Flyer paper expert, the artwork for this advertisement is believed to have been created in-house at the Mandel Brothers company, as opposed to being a Flyer issued advertisement.  I did not realize it, but it was a common practice for the period.  My friend indicated that he has a number of store created advertisements and had not seen this one previously.

 

OBD

 

28 May 2013
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Guys,

 

I am just doing a test, as I developed a short in my laptop and had to buy a new one over the weekend.  Now using Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. 

 

Anyway, I believe I have posted this picture previously.  It is an orange 2020 water tank, with the roof of the tank being painted red on the underside.  There is a water level lithograph on the side, but no other wording.  I have also seen these tanks on the 235? water tank set and also with a winged American Flyer decal from the Flyer airplanes.

 

OBD

 

24 Oct 2013
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Picked up this 3315 at York last weekend.  I've been wanting a few more prewar AF pieces, and this looked like a nice one:

AF 3315

What series freight cars would best match this loco?

 

Healey

25 Oct 2013
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Healy,

You picked up a very nice example of the Type IX Steam Locomotive.  That boiler type was cataloged from 1932 to 1935 and again in 1937.  If your 3199 tender is original to the engine you have an example that comes from 1932 to 1934.

 

In 1932 the 3316 ( combination of the 3315 and the 3199 tender) pulled a freight called the Steel Mogul in set #1352.  It contained the   91/2" -  3216 log car, 3207 sand car, 3208 auto car (or box car) and the lighted 3211 Caboose.

 

In 1933 the Steel Mogul set is repeated but the set # becomes #1352 RC.  I am guessing that both years the cars have Type VII trucks.  At least the illustrations in the catalogs look to by Type VII

 

In 1934 the Type IX steam engine comes paired with the 3199 tender as the #3316 or it comes paired with the sheet metal semi Vanderbilt tender in the #3310 Locomotive and tender combination.

Since your example uses the 3199 it would have been in the freight set called the Brigadier  Set #1373-RCT.  In this set it is paired with the shorter 6 1/2" freight cars.  The set included the #3019 dump car (the first year it was cataloged), the #3046 log car, the #3018 tank car (this is the one with the yellow body and the decal from the American Flyer Airplane that reads A.F. Lines Air Service) and a 3017 caboose.  These cars very likely came with the Type VIII trucks.

I really like this style of engine with its ringing bell.  Do you have any of the freight cars to run with it?  It came in some pretty nice passenger sets too.

 

 

 

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25 Oct 2013
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Northwoods – Thanks for the great information.  I really need to get a good book on prewar Flyer, as I know very little about it.  I presume the tender is original to the engine, but can't be 100% sure.  The fellow had alot of nice Flyer loco's, including another one similar to this one.  The only difference between the two, he said, was that the pinion gear on one was cast, while the other (this one) was steel.  He advised going with this one and its steel gear.  I haven't had a chance to get it on the track yet…maybe this weekend if I don't have to go into the office. 

The only freight car I have which you list is a 3017 caboose that's in pretty rough shape.  I picked that up many years ago oddly in a box of S-gauge Flyer stuff, and it's just been sitting on the shelf.  While at York I looked around at various AF freight cars and I thought the 30XX-series looked more size appropriate for this loco than the 32XX-series, which seemed a bit large in comparison.  Based on your comments, I'll try to track down the 3019/3046/3018 consist and recreate a Brigadier set.  Sounds like fun…the thrill of the hunt…

 

Healey 

26 Oct 2013
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Northwoods Flyer said
Healy,

You picked up a very nice example of the Type IX Steam Locomotive.  That boiler type was cataloged from 1932 to 1935 and again in 1937.  If your 3199 tender is original to the engine you have an example that comes from 1932 to 1934.

 

In 1932 the 3116 (3316?) ( combination of the 3115 (3315?) and the 3199 tender) pulled a freight called the Steel Mogul in set #1352.  It contained the   91/2" -  3216 log car, 3207 sand car, 3208 auto car (or box car) and the lighted 3211 Caboose.

 

In 1933 the Steel Mogul set is repeated but the set # becomes #1352 RC.  I am guessing that both years the cars have Type VII trucks.  At least the illustrations in the catalogs look to by Type VII

 

In 1934 the Type IX steam engine comes paired with the 3199 tender as the #3116 (3316?) or it comes paired with the sheet metal semi Vanderbilt tender in the #3310 Locomotive and tender combination.

Since your example uses the 3199 it would have been in the freight set called the Brigadier  Set #1373-RCT.  In this set it is paired with the shorter 6 1/2" freight cars.  The set included the #3019 dump car (the first year it was cataloged), the #3046 log car, the #3018 tank car (this is the one with the yellow body and the decal from the American Flyer Airplane that reads A.F. Lines Air Service) and a 3017 caboose.  These cars very likely came with the Type VIII trucks.

I really like this style of engine with its ringing bell.  Do you have any of the freight cars to run with it?  It came in some pretty nice passenger sets too.

Northwoods – Before I was able to read your response, I started to look up an answer for Healey. THEN I saw that you had already responded. I'm fairly sure that some of your numbers might be off? Not wanting to step on your toes, as your Prewar American Flyer info is greater than mine, but could you check on the above inserts that I posted in your response?
 

 

 

 

29 Oct 2013
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AF53,

You are absolutely right.  Somehow I typed in the wrong numbers. Thanks for catching the error and pointing it out.  I have gone back and edited the correct numbers into the body of my post.  That's one of the things I like about this site.  If you make a mistake someone will point it out gently and respectfully. I can always benefit from a little supervision  Embarassed.

Now, I wonder when healy36 is going to give us a report on how that new engine runs.  Laugh

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