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Old 08-04-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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American flyer?????

Hi guys, I haven't been on here for awhile, but I just got something from a friend that I thought you might find interesting. It's a very old, very heavy AF Reading lines 4-4-2 steam engine with a metal tender. In the box is also a plastic chrome american flyer passenger car set, #'s 660, 661, 662. one says Pullman, the other two say Baggage with one of them having a vista dome on it. Also, there is two gondolas # 631, a chemical Gulf car # 625G, and a red caboose #630. These things are all in very good condition! There is also a ton of electronic stuff, one is an American Flyer air chime steam whistle (has a big ol' can on it), the other looks like the power pack, says Miles Per Hour on top and has a push button and two lights. The lever looks to be missing tho. Also, a dual lever gizmo of sorts with two green bulbs up top and two red below. A board of sort that has a row of 8 red push button contacts on top and a row of green push button contacts on bottom. Also, something badged a "manual uncoupler". It has a real nice 90 crossing section of track plus a whole bunch of two rail track, some heavily rusted. I will try and get pics up soon. Any info greatly appreciated!


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Old 08-04-2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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Well, I found some info.... The engine is the model #300ac with knuckle couplers and metal tender. 1950. Awesome!
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:13 PM   #3
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:02 AM   #4
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The passenger car set is from 1952! This way too cool. I love the history behind these old trains. I found out the steam engine with the cars and track was all a set from 1950.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:40 AM   #5
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Well here's the original catalog listing of the set
http://www.myflyertrains.org/AF_Cata...alog_page6.htm
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:22 AM   #6
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Dozer, Way Cool!
I've got 2-300's. One is the 300, the other a 300AC. Both with tenders. They're good runners, but lack the smoke and choo-choo. Regardless of that, I really like the detailing and pulling power. Hope you'll post pics.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:56 AM   #7
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Dozer,
That sounds like a great find. Even better is having a friend that's generous enough to give you a vintage American Flyer set like that. Please post some pictures when you get a chance.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:18 AM   #8
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Dozer, handle those chrome cars with care---they are valuable! Wrap them in something soft to avoid scratching the chrome, then look on ebay at the prices before you decide what to do with them. If they have knuckle couplers, they've been altered: let me give you some info prior to sale, if you decide to go that route.

The 300AC is a lil beauty: I have one. It originally came with a link coupler instead of a knuckle, as did all of the #600 series cars. The double-lever thing is the switch for turnouts. The manual uncoupler is a piece that clips onto a track: hold the little lever down as cars pass over and it raises up between the tracks to disconnect the couplers. Terrific find, and congratulations! Welcome to S scale land, the pinnacle of model railroading!!!!
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:45 AM   #9
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some pics of just the engine and rolling stock.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:05 PM   #10
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If they have knuckle couplers, they've been altered: The 300AC is a lil beauty: I have one. It originally came with a link coupler instead of a knuckle, as did all of the #600 series cars.
Actually, according to the American Flyer web site, this engine did come with knuckle couplers, but only the metal tender version in 1950 like I have. Thought that was pretty cool.

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