American Flyer repair?

Todd Mar 25, 2005

  1. Todd

    Todd TrainBoard Member

    My dad got an American Flyer train set when he was a kid. Not sure how much he used it, or anything. I came upon it quite a few years ago, sitting in a box in the basement, and its a mess. Most of the wheels have corroded (they look eaten) or are just missing. It has a couple broken trucks on the cars as well. Also, I'm not up on S scale (I'm into N), and I'm not even sure its S. It looks like it also runs on 3 rails. Could it be O?

    I'd like to get this restored for him, and back to working order. I don't think I want to have it repainted or anything like that, but I'd like to get the wheelsets replaced, and any other parts that replaced/repaired/tuned-up, as well as find some track and a transformer for him.

    Can anyone recommend any reputable repair shops?

    Once I am able to sneak it out my parent's house (I don't want him asking where I'm going with it, as I'd like it to be a surprise for next Christmas [sneak into the house, and put it around the tree when he is out]), I'll take a photo and put it up.

    Thanks for any help/tips/advice anyone can give me. I'm out of my element with these big ones.
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter


    Prior to World War II, there were indeed three rail, (O gauge), "American Flyer" trains. My dad had some in the 1920's as a youth.

    I don't have any suggestions, as to where one might get these repaired, or restored. But I'd imagine the cost will be significant. I wonder if you could contact someone via the Train Collectors Association? (Caveat emptor.) Believe they have a web site. Try a Google Search?

    Good luck!


    Boxcab E50

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