Pennsylvania Railroad 4-6-2

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:310
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
Road Number:310
Year Introduced:1946
The model was produced in 1946 and 1947, and possibly 1948. It has a diecast boiler and tender. The only operating feature was its functional headlight. There are three variations of #310. The 1946 model, shown in the photo, has "Pennsylvania" printed on the tender in silver and has thin-shank link couplers. The 1947 model has "American Flyer Lines" printed in silver on the tender with the PRR logo and has thick-shank link couplers. A third model thought to have been produced in 1948 has smoke and choo-choo and looks a lot like the 1947 model except it has a brass coupler weight. See second photo for the coupler comparisons. All of the #31x-series of locomotives have the distinctive PRR Belpaire firebox (squarish section in front of the cab).
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:312
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
Road Number:312
Year Introduced:1946
This model was produced from 1946 through 1948 and again in 1951 and 1952. It features a diecast boiler and tender. The 1946 and 1947 models have lettering on the tender in silver and are the same as they were for #310. Those models also had the smoke and choo-choo sound unit located in the tender driven by a separate motor that allowed the unit to smoke and make the choo-choo sound while sitting in the parked position. In 1948 the lettering on the tender read "American Flyer Lines" and it was in white. That model had the smoke and choo-choo sound unit moved to the boiler. By doing so, Gilbert was able to utilize the drive motor to run the smoke and choo-choo unit. Because the smoke and choo-choo unit was now in the boiler, the reverse unit was moved to the tender and as such, the smoke and choo-choo unit could not work unless the engine was moving. There are five-reported variations of #312.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:21115
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad
Road Number:21115
Year Introduced:1958
Supplemental:product documentation
The July 2011 issue of S Gaugian magazine has an article on page 24 describing how to get one of these engines up and running again.
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