A.F. Product Gallery: Accessories by Year: 1946

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:578
Road Name:Station Figure Set
Year Introduced:1946
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:581
Road Name:Girder Bridge
Year Introduced:1946
The #581 Girder Bridge was sold by Gilbert in 1946-56 and has five variations. The first sold in 1946-49 in black with "LACKAWANNA" stamped in silver on both sides as shown in the photos of a 1946 model as indicated by the presents of the early 1946 sticker on the bridge. In 1952, 1954, and 1956 the black 581 wording was changed from "LACKAWANNA" to "AMERICAN FLYER" creating the second variation. The third variation produced in 1951 is painted silver with black lettering that reads "LACKAWANNA". Finally the fourth variation is painted black with WHITE lettering that reads "AMERICAN FLYER LINES" and has the number "581" on both ends.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:582
Road Name:Blinker Signal
Year Introduced:1946
Produced from 1946 to 1948.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:584
Road Name:Bell Danger Signal
Year Introduced:1946
Produced from 1946 to 1947, this accessory was also produced as a pre-war item from 1940 to 1942. This accessory is covered in the Ted Hamler column of the January 2012 issue of the S Gaugian magazine.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:588
Road Name:Semaphore Block Signal
Year Introduced:1946
The rarest accessory made by Gilbert, which according to Greenberg the #588 "Semaphore Block Signal" was offered from 1946-48. The #588 was first cataloged in 1946. However, it never appeared until the March 1948 Toy Fair. It is estimated that about 25 were made. Apparently, it did not work very well and there were not enough orders to warrant a full production run. Therefore, the project was scrapped and many of the parts were used for the 1949 #758 "Sam the Semaphore Man" accessory.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:594
Road Name:Animated Track Gang
Year Introduced:1946
Produced from 1946 to 1947, this accessory was also produced as a pre-war item from 1940 to 1942.
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Video
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
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:751
Road Name:Log Loader
Year Introduced:1946
The #751 Log Loader was produced from 1946 through 1950 and has one variation. Early units produced in 1946/47 have a yellow painted Bakelite base and a red painted Bakelite roof while the later units have a black painted Bakelite base and an unpainted Bakelite roof. The model shown in Photos #2 through #4 is from 1946. In the 1952 the 751 was modified and given the new catalog number 751A. One of the major differences is the base was changed from Bakelite to steel with a red Bakelite roof. Photo #4 shows the Log Loader with the 1946 #717 Log Unloading Flatcar and the #710 Special Track Section (these did not come with the #751).
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Photo #2
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Photo #4
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model owned by Steve Terni
photo © Steve Terni

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