American Flyer 4-6-2

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:290
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer
The plain or non-streamlined version. It represents the 290-series of models. These have a cast-metal body. One variation has link-and-pin style couplers, and the other variation has knuckle style couplers. All of the #29x-series locomotives share the large round feedwater heater on the top front of the boiler.
Photo
model owned by David Dewey
photo © David Dewey
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:314AW
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:American Flyer
Road Number:312
Year Introduced:1949
This model was produced in 1949 and 1950 and was labeled for both the Pennsylvania Railroad and American Flyer. The boiler and tender were made out of diecast metal. The whistle unit is located in the tender and controlled by a separate control box (shown in the photo) with a spring-activated switch, which applies a small amount of DC current to the track that allows the whistle to blow. There are two reported variations of #314AW. The first has a one-piece trailing trucks while the second has diecast trailing trucks. Gilbert pulled the #314AW from the market for two reasons: a pending lawsuit by Lionel for patent infringement, and the whistle unit was an operational repair headache for the service stations.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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