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Now – Factory Service Manual Online!

July 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

I have something special to announce to you today, The American Flyer Factory Service Manual online! If you are like me, you have seen these service manuals for sale for hundreds of dollars and been unwilling or unable to purchase one. The manual now posted on this website is over 400 pages in length, and has been compiled from several factory service manuals. These manuals were used in actual Gilbert American Flyer Service stations, and are 50 years or so old. Some of the pages are are thus faded, torn, have finger prints, and even have notes that were hand written on them by the service technicians!

Recently, American Flyer collector Bob Conner loaned me for scanning a one foot high stack of original Gilbert paper, much of which is not currently posted on this website. This service manual is the first fruit to come off that tree, and I hope you enjoy using it as a resource. Scans are clickable to change their size, and if you are working on a particular engine or accessory, you might try printing out the scan and taking it right to your work bench!

I am very pleased to finally be able to bring this to you, and stay tuned for additional new Gilbert paper scans in the very near future! Thanks Bob!!!


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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rwferr // Jul 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I really appreciate this. I’m new to AF and am repairing AF equipment donated to our club. The manual will help with that process. We now have a 110′ loop of AF including a passing siding 5 feet off the floor with an O-27 and a G gauge loop below it. A train runs for 4 hours once a month at our open house every third Saturday.
    Ron in Idaho

  • 2 BigBadTimboy // Sep 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    You are providing a public service that is a credit to you and the Flyer community. Keep up the great work!

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