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Pre War American Flyer Pictures - An Invitation

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Posted by AF Prewar on Friday, December 3, 2021 10:25 PM

Hello all--Just wondered what contributors to this thread think of the new hardcover book "American Flyer Wide Gauge Sets" by Fritz VonTagen and Alan Schuweiler.  I think it's great--160 pages with every wide gauge set illustrated in full color.  Every prewar train collector should have this book.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, December 6, 2021 1:29 PM

Welcome

AF Prewar.

I have not personally seen the book yet.  Everyone who comments on it or has seen it has raved about it. Knowing both of the contributors it can only be excellent.  The book is on my Christmas list.  I wish I had been able to go to York this year, it would have been #1 on my list of things to look pick up. Have you seen the videos that Fritz has posted on You tube at the daveclarklumber site?  They are outstanding.

Feel free to show us some photos of what you collect.

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Posted by palallin on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 7:56 AM

The book is waiting to be wrapped to go under our tree this year.  I haven't been able to sneak a look yet, but I am eager to see it!

I wish I oculd find a copy of the AF WG Greenburg book for less than a house payment.

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Posted by mersenne6 on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:34 AM

Palallin, I wouldn't waste my time looking for the Greenburg book. There was only the one edition and a great deal has been learned about AF WG since its publication.  I haven't seen the new book mentioned in this thread but with von Tagen and Schuweiler as authors their book has to be superior in every way.

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Posted by palallin on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 8:49 AM

Interesting.  Schuweiler is the one who did the Greenburg book, and it is the only basic reference that I know of.  The new book lists the sets, but I don't think it provides details of the individual engines/cars/accessories.  If you know of another source that does, I'd love to hear about it!

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Posted by AF Prewar on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:09 PM

Northwoods Flyer

WelcomeWell I hope that Santa brings the book and leaves it  under the tree.

AF Prewar.

I have not personally seen the book yet.  Everyone who comments on it or has seen it has raved about it. Knowing both of the contributors it can only be excellent.  The book is on my Christmas list.  I wish I had been able to go to York this year, it would have been #1 on my list of things to look pick up. Have you seen the videos that Fritz has posted on You tube at the daveclarklumber site?  They are outstanding.

Feel free to show us some photos of what you collect.

Enjoying the World's Greatest Hobby

Northwoods Flyer

 Well I hope that Santa brings you the book and leaves it under the tree. REgarding pictures, I found some nice ones with a Christmas theme.  Please send me an e-mail address so that I can forward them.  I'm not very computer literate.

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Posted by mersenne6 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 11:50 AM

I see.  You are correct. If you want information on specific cars then it is the only reference out there.  It does have an accessories section but about all it is good for is just a basic listing of accessories offered - the text in that section needs a major revision which I suspect you will never see.  There's a fair amount of updated accessory information in the earlier sections of this thread and there are several long posts over on the other magazine forum. If you check their Tinplate Toy Trains section and run a search on "American Flyer Stations" you will find a great deal.  In a similar vein a search on "American Flyer Tunnels" will provide additional updated information.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:25 PM

Trains at Christmas

I know that I have mentioned several times in this thread and in other places that I was born into a family with trains and that the trains preceded me. As I was going through family papers and memoribilia recently I found some photos of the trains at Christmas.  As near as I can tell these photos are from the mid to late 1950s.

My Dad loved Christmas and especially tinsel.

This is the layout that was put up every year around Thanksgiving and stayed up until Valentines Day although the tree never lasted that long.

All of the train equipment is American Flyer and was purchased second hand for my brother (although I think Dad enjoyed playing with it even more) and most of it is still in my collection.  The only thing that was lost was the #435 steamer which succumbed to zink pest.  In recent years I replaced it with a sturdy example.

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Posted by pennytrains on Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:07 PM

Spectacular!  Thanks for sharing them!  Big SmileThumbs Up

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Posted by palallin on Saturday, December 11, 2021 3:11 PM

Well, this post failed (and I cannot even delete it).

I attempted to post a couple pics, but I find that a hosting site is required.  Well, I have none and have no interest in signing up for one.  Sorry.

If any of the moderators happen to come upon this post, please delete it.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, December 11, 2021 4:22 PM

palallin

Well, this post failed (and I cannot even delete it).

I attempted to post a couple pics, but I find that a hosting site is required.  Well, I have none and have no interest in signing up for one.  Sorry.

If any of the moderators happen to come upon this post, please delete it.

 

Palallin,

If you email the photos to me at the email in my profile I think I can upload them to my hosting site and then with your permission I can post them here.  I have done that before.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 12:56 PM

Here are the photos sent to me by palallin -

"Both photos show the train under our living room Christmas tree this year. while the accessories are mostly Lionel, I have my eye out for a couple Flyer pieces. Rumor has it that a lumber car may be arriving on Christmas Eve if I am a good boy. "  -  palallin


Thanks for sharing your photos. I'll put in a good word for you with the Jolly Old Elf.

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Posted by pennytrains on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 5:18 PM

Great pics!  I really like the platform too!  Big SmileThumbs Up

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Posted by palallin on Thursday, December 16, 2021 8:35 AM

Thanks, Northwoods flyer, for posting those for me!

Thanks, Becky.  The platform was inspired by Stu Shuster's layout, which has been in CTT a couple times. 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Friday, December 17, 2021 4:17 PM

I received an email and photos from Charles Seims as well.  He says

"Hello Northwoods--here are some AF photographs with a nice Xmas theme....(snip).  The color photographs of the fabulous Flyer display were taken by me at the late lamented Cal Stewart train meet in Pasadena California.  They date from November 2007.  Feel free to use them any way you wish, and I hope your readers enjoy them."


 

 

Thank You Charles.  There is a lot there to dream about instead of sugarplums.

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Posted by palallin on Friday, December 17, 2021 9:52 PM

Oh, that 12-table layout; oh, my!  And the SG steam set behind the Hiawatha . . . .

Dream, indeed!

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