A.F. Product Gallery: Accessories by Year: 1957

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:23023
Road Name:Artificial Coal
Year Introduced:1957
The #23023 Artificial Coal was offered by Gilbert from 1957 through 1959 in one variation. It came in an 8oz plastic bag that measures 8" x 2-1/2".
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:23561
Road Name:Whistling Billboard
Year Introduced:1957
With diesel horn sound.
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model owned by Tom Henderson
photo © Tom Henderson
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:23568
Road Name:Whistling Billboard
Year Introduced:1957
With steam sound.
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model owned by Tom Henderson
photo © Tom Henderson
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:23761
Road Name:Semaphore
Year Introduced:1957
The #23761 Semaphore was offered from 1957 through 1960, in two variations. The first variation has a green base with "American Flyer Lines". The model was basically identical to #761, except that it contained two #670 Track Trips as opposed to the #679 Track Trips. #23761 was also supplied with two #692 Fiber Pins, one 707 Track Terminal, a packing list, an M2620 Tag (which reads "CAUTION -- Do not allow train to stand on track trip at anytime or coil may become overheated"), and an instruction sheet showing the wiring diagram. The second variation, offered later, came with a push button controller as opposed to using the #670 Track Trips.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:26739
Road Name:Steam Whistle Control
Year Introduced:1957
The #26739 was produced in 1957 and 1958 in only one variation. The #26739, as described in both the Greenberg and the Doyle books, appears to be identical to the #710 1955-57 Steam Whistle Control, as shown on this web site. The #26739 shown in the photo does not match any of descriptions listed by these references. In 1958 the #26739 shown in the photo was sold with the uncataloged #293, the #21099 locomotive that was part of the #20345 Meteor set as well as the #21129 which was part of the #20470 NYC Pacemaker set. Photos of these two sets as well as that of the #293 all indicate that the #26739 actually was packaged as shown in 1958 to include the distinctive and unusual salmon-colored electronics tube. In 1957, Gilbert converted their numbering system to the new 5-digit system. For many accessories the boxes carried the new 5-digit number however the accessory inside was still the same as the old 3-digit number. In conclusion, Ted believes that #26739 was redesigned during 1957 and the new design as shown in the photo was produced and offered in 1958 only.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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