A.F. Product Gallery: Talking Station

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:598
Road Name:Talking Station
Year Introduced:1946
Talking Station Record with Diesel Locomotive Sound. Produced from 1946 to 1956.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:599
Road Name:Talking Station
Year Introduced:1956
Talking Station Record with Diesel Locomotive Sound. It is similar to #598, except that #599 is the rarest of all records produced by Gilbert and as such is most difficult to find. #599 has a dispatcher giving instructions for train make-up with background sounds (bell, whistle, etc.) on one side, and the other side includes conversation between the yard tower and the conductor about freight hotbox problems.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:799
Road Name:Talking Station
Year Introduced:1954
An article by Dave Hanna in the September/October 2001 issue of S Gaugian covered this large structure. The structure included a small record-player and a replacement record was available (part #598). The tower section is moveable, so that you can re-arrange it to fit your layout (see the video for a demonstration).
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model owned by Steve Terni
photo © Steve Terni
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:755
Road Name:Talking Station
Year Introduced:1948
The #755 Talking Station was produced from 1948 through 1950, in five variations. The first variation has a green roof and an "Accessory Decal" on the base and uses a decal for the "MYSTIC" signs on the roof. The second variation has a blue roof, no accessory decal on the base, however it does have a decal for the "MYSTIC" signs on the roof. The third variation has a pale green roof. The fourth, shown in the photos, has a green roof with white serif lettering "MYSTIC" on the roof signs and an "Accessory Decal" on the base. The fifth variation has a blue roof with white serif lettering "MYSTIC" on the roof signs and an "Accessory Decal" on the base. Inside the station is an elaborate record playing device that is linked to a cam switch driven by a brushless motor, as shown in Photo #3. The record itself is located under the base and is secured by means of a steel plate and screw, shown in Photo #4. The operation of the #755 is simple using track insulating pins and a #707 Track Terminal. The action begins by pressing the button on the controller. When the record begins playing the cam switch opens, removing power from the track section in front of the station. Once the record completes playing the message on the record, the cam switch closes, applying power to the track and the train pulls away from the station. From 1938 through 1941, Gilbert produced the yellow and brown #597 aKoostikin Passenger and Freight Station, which is identical to the #755. Although the #755 disappeared in 1950, Gilbert introduced two other redesigned Talking Stations the first was the #799 produced from 1954 through 1957 and #23786 produced from 1957 through 1959. Lionel has also produced the Talking Station as American Flyer 6-49812 (2004 catalog).
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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