NASG Dispatch Articles: American Flyer

"87 for 87"

Issue:
1987 #3 Summer
Page:
18
Author:
Don Woods
Description:

A reprint of an article about trying to come up with 87 new ideas using AF-based products (only 8 are listed).

A.F. Service Committee Report

Issue:
1990 #4 August
Page:
5
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

A summary of the 1990 A.F. Commemorative Car made by Lionel, and the improvements Lionel has made to their products starting this product year. Also the article introduces the 1991 A.F. Commemorative Car.

A.F. Service Committee Report

Issue:
1995 #1 February
Page:
2
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

Update on the 1995, 1994, and 1993 A.F. Commemorative Cars projects.

AF Service Committee Report

Issue:
1993 #5 October
Page:
26
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

A report on the status of the current and upcoming A.F. Commemorative Cars.

American Flyer Circus Train Mania

Issue:
1991 #2 April
Page:
12
Author:
Chuck Wingate
Description:

The author shares his observations about trying to build and improve upon his collection of American Flyer circus trains. Includes several photos of cars.

American Flyer Collector

Issue:
2014 #4 August
Page:
21
Author:
Tom Frye
Description:

The author has built a fantastic collection of both American Flyer and Plasticville products. He is always improving on his collection, because not only does he want one of each, he wants the best he can find of each. The display room also includes an 7'x6' island-style layout. Includes many photos.

American Flyer Service Committee October 1989 Report

Issue:
1989 #5 October
Page:
5
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

Two previous committees were merged into this new one, and the purpose is to produce an annual NASG A.F. Commemorative Car. The car significantly increased the NASG's membership.

American Flyer Service Committee Report

Issue:
1992 #1 February
Page:
22
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

Status update on the 1991 NASG AF Commemorative Car, introduction to the 1992 one, and some info on the 1993 one.

American Flyer Under the Tree

Issue:
2013 #6 December
Page:
15
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

The author shares a number of photos of S-scale trains under the family's Christmas tree, as well as his friend's layout. Other Christmas-related photos with trains are included as well.

Circus Train Variation

Issue:
2014 #6 November
Page:
25
Author:
John Eichmann
Description:

The author found a #643 circus flat car, and studies it a bit more. Includes several photos.

Editorial

Issue:
1988 #5 December
Page:
20
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

Dick describes his transition from A.F. to scale. His request is for more A.F.-related materials to be published in the Dispatch.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
1999 #2 April
Page:
8
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

This is the first of the author's columns about running and fixing American Flyer trains. In this column he introduces himself and his history of model railroading. He shares a tip for how to remove the AF floors from the cars' body, including the action caboose.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
1999 #3 June
Page:
14
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

This column focuses on trucks and their wheels.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
1999 #5 October
Page:
22
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

This column continues to deal with improving A.F. trucks.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
1999 #6 December
Page:
20
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

The author describes the Christmas train set up he builds and uses every year, which includes elevated sections.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2000 #1 February
Page:
10
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

In this column, the author covers how to deal with loose A.F. steam wheels as they age. It also deals with gauging the wheels as well as quartering them.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2000 #2 April
Page:
14
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

The author covers repairing motors in A.F. steam locomotives.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2000 #5 October
Page:
22
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

This column focuses on the A.C. Gilbert track, and how to get good performance out of it.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2000 #6 December
Page:
24
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

Continuing with the track theme from the previous issue, this column makes suggestions for improved running around the Christmas tree. Includes several Christmas set-up photos by Mike Wright.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2001 #1 February
Page:
18
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

The author describes the various A.F. steam locomotives that were produced.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2001 #3 June
Page:
18
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

How to identify smoke-in-tender models and how to fix them.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
18
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

New books and reference material to help anyone wanting to repair A.F. products.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2002 #1 February
Page:
18
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

This column starts a series on A.F. turnouts. It covers A.F. #720.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2002 #2 April
Page:
20
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

This column continues the series on A.F. turnouts.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2002 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

What tools are required to be able to fix A.F. items?

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2002 #6 December
Page:
22
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

What to look for before buying a "bargain" at a train show.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2003 #1 February
Page:
22
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

What to look for before buying a "bargain" at a train show.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2003 #6 December
Page:
18
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

How to prepare your AF trains for the Christmas display layout around the Christmas tree.

Fixin' Flyer

Issue:
2004 #6 December
Page:
22
Author:
David Dewey
Description:

The author gives the top-ten reasons why you're having trouble keeping your engines on the track.

Hudson Pilot Coupler Conversion

Issue:
2003 #3 June
Page:
12
Author:
Carl Tuveson
Description:

By converting the pilot coupler of the A.F. Hudson, double-heading of trains becomes possible. This photo-essay article shows how to do that with American Models couplers.

Jim Steed's Flyer Accessories

Issue:
2016 #4 July
Page:
37
Author:
Jim Steed
Description:

The author has a 30'x60' O-scale layout, but he uses a lot of A.C. Gilbert American Flyer accessories, some of which are photographed.

Linkage for 316 & 326 Locomotives for Front Coupler

Issue:
1999 #1 February
Page:
22
Author:
Jack Bebinger
Description:

Design drawings for how to construct the linkage.

President's Message

Issue:
1985 #4 Fall
Page:
2
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Description:

A review of the past number of years of NASG Dispatch articles seems to indicate that the focus has been on "scale" modeling with little coverage for the A.F. enthusiast. To change that, Tom Nimelli has been appointed the Chairman of the American Flyer Enthusiast Committee.

Remodeling a Wayside Station

Issue:
2015 #4 July
Page:
24
Author:
Bill Pyper
Description:

The story is about how Jim Bezek refurbishes old, non-functioning American Flyer accessories and brings them back to life again, using a passenger station platform as an example. Includes several construction photos.

S Lore

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Gary Ippolito
Description:

Modifying the AF #283 Pacific to allow for coupling on the front, for double-heading.

Short and Easy

Issue:
1996 #5 October
Page:
9
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

This article covers what it would take to convert the American Flyer #740 handcar to be a reversing one, using electronic components.

The 1988 AF Car Project

Issue:
1989 #5 October
Page:
8
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

The author provides a behind-the-scenes look on how the NASG's A.F. Commemorative Car project was started, and working with Lionel to make it a reality.

The American Flyer Enthusiast

Issue:
1985 #4 Fall
Page:
12
Author:
Tom Nimelli
Description:

An introduction of this new column in the Dispatch.

The American Flyer Enthusiast

Issue:
1986 #1 Winter
Page:
11
Author:
Tom Nimelli
Description:

The author covers the new products that Lionel is making available under the "American Flyer" brand name. He also covers American Models' new products, and the restart of the Rex product line.

The American Flyer Enthusiast

Issue:
1988 #5 December
Page:
19
Author:
Tom Nimelli
Description:

The author describes how to trouble-shoot a locomotive smoke unit.

The American Flyer Enthusiast

Issue:
1989 #1 February
Page:
13
Author:
Tom Nimelli
Description:

The author expresses his frustration with his GP-20 not running on the club layout for more than 20 minutes. He describes how he fixed it.

The American Flyer Enthusiast

Issue:
1989 #3 June
Page:
30
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

A tip on using Bondo's "Plastic Metal" to repair AF shells.

The NASG American Flyer Car Project Part IV

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
18
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

This installment covers the NASG American Flyer Commemorative cars from 1997 through 1999, including photos of each of them.

The NASG American Flyer Car Project Part VI

Issue:
2010 #5 October
Page:
16
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

Covers the years 2000 and 2001, which were very popular tank cars.

The NASG American Flyer Car Project Part VII

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
17
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

This installment covers the 2002 and 2003 NASG American Flyer Commemorative Cars, both tank cars (includes their photos).

The NASG American Flyer Car Project Part VIII

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
14
Author:
Doug Peck
Description:

This installment covers the 2004 through 2008 NASG A.F. Commemorative Car projects, because they represented an entire GE work train, culminating into the 2008 Baldwin switcher engine (the only locomotive ever produced in this project). Includes photos of each piece.

The Union Pacific "Pony Express" of A.C. Gilbert

Issue:
1990 #3 June
Page:
21
Author:
Carl Byron
Description:

The history behind the production of this train.

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