American Flyer

traingeekboy Dec 21, 2006

  1. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    I have an old American Flyer 4-4-2 ( brain damage... thats an Atlantic right?) The thing is a work of art to my way of seeing things, most of you would agree, it is a train after all. :D

    Does anyone else own and run S scale? I am interested in finding out if people take old AF trains and super detail them for scale operation. Would love to see pics and track plans.
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I had one of those. Excellent runner. I wish... Oh well...

    I know that people used to detail them up, and convert to scale operation. These days, actual scale steamers are available. But the tinplaters are still quite active. In fact, make up the majority of non-narrow gauge S people.

    By chance do you have a picture or two to share? I wonder if I can find any from my youth? Hmmmm..... Where would they be stored...?

    :D

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  3. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    No pictures. the wires on it are fried, but I have no doubt it could be made to work. I also have the tender and a IC box car.

    Although if truth be told, my real weakness these days is the two rail O scale stuff, but I could never afford it. I just look and drool.
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I've been looking. Cannot find much. So far, one or two horrible photos. They show my Lionel. But not my Flyer. Bummer.

    If the wires are fried, the engine is still repairable. Even if that motor is not. Sounds like a circuit breaker didn't pop.

    I can't afford O two rail either. So don't feel bad. Heck, I can't afford good old Lionel. Which is why On30 is attractive...

    :D

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  5. Kisatchie

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    Oh man! I had one of those - my first American Flyer loco. I loved it... brings back lots of Christmas memories.
     
  6. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    Boxies,
    By fried, I mean they are just worn out. They are the old fabric insulated wires from 50+ years ago.

    Questions:
    1. Were these old Flyers AC or DC powered?

    2. Can i hook up my Lionel or my regular DC power pack to the motor leads to test it out?

    kisatchie,
    I'm getting this feeling you're going to be doing an O scale layout soon. I seem to see you on all the large scale forums. I have been ghosting about on the Gauge and you seem to be a chronic on there too. :p
     
  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Geeky-

    Yup. I know about those wires. Believe you can get direct replacements.

    Those were all AC powered. So your Lionel should work. At least for testing. If it's been sitting a long time, don't run it much. Check for a need to clean, and perhaps very lightly lubricate.

    :D

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