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American Flyer

(Chicago, Illinois, USA)

American Flyer Trains were manufactured by the American Flyer Manufacturing Company in Chicago, Illinois. The company began with clockwork (mechanical) trains, in Wide (Standard) Gauge and 0 Gauge. The company was bought, in the 1930s, by A C Gilbert of Erector Sets fame. A C Gilbert continued the 0 gauge line until WWII, after which American Flyer was relaunched in S Gauge, with two rail track. The company also offfered a range of H0 trains.

The American Flyer name was subsequently sold to Lionel, who continue to offer S Gauge trains, for two rail track.

American Flyer can be divided into three distinct eras, Pre War, Post War and Modern. Pre war, Flyer trains were 0 gauge and larger, whereas post war they were S gauge only. This site is concerned only with Pre War 0 gauge, although it should be noted that later 0 gauge trains were closer to S (3/16th) scale. Modern era American Flyer trains (made by Lionel), are S gauge.

My own knowledge of pre war 0 gauge Flyer merely scratches the surface of a vast and complex subject; I am indebted to my fellow TCA members, particularly those who, like me, enjoy the Toy Trains Mailing List. Finally, I acknowledge a huge debt to the authors of Greenberg's Guide to American Flyer 0 Gauge, first edition, published 1987, not to mention the many eBay sellers, many of whom are knowledgeable collectors, who provide photographs and descriptions of Flyer toy trains.

Please choose :

American Flyer Locomotives
(Electric and Steam)
American Flyer Wagons (Freight Cars)
(Freight Cars)
American Flyer Coaches (Passenger Cars)
(Passenger Cars)
American Flyer Accessories
American Flyer Literature
(Catalogues, etc.)
American Flyer Train Sets
(Train Sets)
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