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York Modular Layouts

April 17th, 2019 · No Comments

York had many great train layouts on display. The Atlantic Coast S Gaugers had a great one in the White Hall. I really liked their use of an Erector Set Bridge. It really fits in when you are running American Flyer! I was sorry to see the York Train Show end. My first show since [...]

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York Flyernut Meeting

April 11th, 2019 · No Comments

For many years a special event has taken place during the York Train Show, The Flyernut Meeting. Tonight’s meeting of about 100 Flyer enthusiasts was largely focused on variations of Circus cars, especially the flat car that carried the cages, the cages and the animals. Having never owned a circus set, I had no idea [...]

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Life Changes and Toy Trains

April 8th, 2019 · No Comments

So my life has changed a lot in the last couple of years. Among these changes retirement, and some traveling, along with some other changes that were not so good. Now I still have most of my American Flyer / S stuff. I last attended the York Train Show in 2011. It seems there have [...]

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Merry Christmas From MyFlyerTrains.org!

December 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

As we celebrate this Christmas season there is nothing like an Erector Set or American Flyer Train to bring back our childhood memories. This set builds the Ferris Wheel, and many other models. The one that I opened Christmas morning 1955 was like this, but only built the airplane ride. This set has never been [...]

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American Flyer Railcar Loads Part 3 by Ben Swope

November 12th, 2015 · No Comments

For this final installment we will be loading a Tootsie Toy road grader. Other brands of road graders, other construction machinery or even military loads could also use this method. I happen to have a Tootsie Toy grader on hand and liked the way it looked sitting on a flatcar (granted, it is a bit [...]

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American Flyer Railcar Loads Part 2 by Ben Swope

September 30th, 2015 · No Comments

In this second installment on creating American Flyer railcar loads, we will be loading some S scale farm tractors. Farm machinery loaded on flatcars was, and still is, a common way to transport these colorful machines long distances. Several models of inexpensive S scale die cast tractors are available from Ertl. I bought mine at [...]

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American Flyer Railcar Loads by Ben Swope

August 15th, 2015 · No Comments

From the first day an American Flyer train set was unpacked, perhaps on a Christmas morning, flat cars and gondolas were subject to having custom loads inserted. Likely loads inserted by children, were perhaps toy cars, marbles or maybe army men. Basically, anything small enough to fit in or on the car, and handy enough [...]

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AF Steam Engine Tester by Ben Swope

May 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Many American Flyer S Gauge hobbyists enjoy restoring their vintage equipment. For me, restoring these old worn items back into their original operating condition has always been one of my favorite parts of the hobby. Let’s look at a homemade tool used to assist servicing American Flyer steam engines, and how with a little effort [...]

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New Old Paper Posted in Catalog Section!

April 27th, 2015 · No Comments

It is not real often anymore that I find new content for the catalog section, but thanks to Larry E. Long I have posted some new old Gilbert paper “Dealer Tips Booklet D1834“. These are high quality scans so I hope you enjoy them! Chuck

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MyFlyerTrains Welcomes Ben Swope

April 11th, 2015 · No Comments

I would like to welcome guest author Ben Swope to MyFlyerTrains.org. Ben wrote this great article on kitbashing an American Flyer 761 Semiphore. I hope you enjoy it! Chuck

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