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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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S-Helper Sold to MTH!

May 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

In a press release at the MTH site comes the news that the molds and trademarks connected with S-Helper S Gauge Trains have been sold to MTH Trains, who will have products available for sale in 2013. Existing inventory will remain with the S-Helper folks, who are currently running a number of specials on remaining [...]

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Extreme Floor Layouts

August 15th, 2010 · No Comments

I found something interesting when cleaning up my email, an email with attached photos of a room sized floor layout that I received in September of 2009, but somehow never looked at it. My apologies to Christopher Hilbert, and thanks for submitting these spectacular floor layout photos. These pictures should inspire those of you who [...]

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The Big Boys Examined

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments

We dreamed of having the K-line O gauge version of the Big Boy remade into S, then early in 2008 Lionel announced that they were doing just that, complete with TMCC. It was presumed (and correctly so) that much of original K-line engine tooling would be used on the new S gauge version. (The K-line [...]

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Tags: Main Line · New Products

New Chat Room Available!

October 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

I am happy to offer the S gauge train community a chat room! To use the chat room click “Chat” on the menu at the top of this page. You do not have to register to use the room, though I think most people will want to register and select an avatar. To enter the [...]

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Big Boy Displayed at York!

October 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Lionel did show the Big Boy at this October’s York! When I first visited the booth on Thursday, I was dismayed to find the engine not sitting with the other Flyer on the display wall. The fellow next to me was grumbling about Lionel not bringing it to York again, and I just walked on [...]

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Welcome S Friends!

June 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

MyFlyerTrains.org welcomes a number of new “S Friends”, who have migrated their photo albums from s-scale.org. Paul Yorke, who has generously hosted train photos there for many years, has decided to close down his photo albums. If you are currently hosting your photos at s-scale.org, you have only to email me and request that your [...]

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