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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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Making a AF Dwarf Signal by Ben Swope

April 11th, 2015 · No Comments

As intending to signal a large single track loop for multiple train operation, I wanted to keep the layout pure American Flyer, so the obvious choice is to use AF’s # 761 semaphores. To keep the six signaled controlled blocks at an even length, one signal is required to be placed in a long hidden [...]

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Trains Hit the Floor – Oh the Humanity!

February 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Last Saturday a good friend was due to visit, and was bringing his grandchildren to see my American Flyer Trains run. I have to admit I have not run any trains recently so I needed to get the tracks clean. Some years ago at the York Train Show I made an impulse purchase, a Trackman [...]

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Stumpy’s Station – “Ten Wheeler Project” Part 4

December 5th, 2014 · No Comments

With the boiler shell/cab construction complete, we need to add a tender before running the loco through the paint shop. Probably the best tender to use to back date this engine to the “Turn of the Century” look would be the American Flyer “Franklin” tender. About the only thing you need to do with one [...]

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New Erector Set Model – Falkirk Wheel

November 27th, 2013 · No Comments

I recently took a cruise to the British Isles, and one evening at dinner met a delightful fellow whose hobby was restoring Erector Sets. The next day, I ran into Rich Hooper again at an excursion to The Falkirk Wheel, which is a very interesting tourist destination in Scotland. I mentioned to Rich that a [...]

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