A.F. Product Gallery: Bumpers

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:730
Road Name:Bumpers
Year Introduced:1946
The #730 Bumper was produced from 1946 through 1956 and has three variations. The first variation (not shown) is bluish-green in color. The second and third are shown in the photo. The most common is made of green plastic while the rarest made in 1951 only was made of red plastic. Note to collectors: reproductions of the red plastic model have been made. The one characteristic to identify a real red variation from a reproduction is that the real model has the wording "American Flyer by Gilbert Co New Haven Conn U.S.A." embossed on the rear like all of the green variations (see Photo #2).
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:26756
Road Name:Bumpers
Year Introduced:1961
The #26756 was produced from 1961 through 1964 in only one variation. At first, the #26756 appears to be identical to the #730 that was packaged differently and given a new number. After a careful examination of both the #730 and the #26756 (see Photo #2), you will note that the copper color clamp-on spring tabs that connect to the track rails have a different shape. In 1961, Gilbert began producing their Pike-Master line of track that needed a bumper. By changing the design/shape of the copper clamp-on spring tabs that connect to the rails in order to pick up power for the bumper light, the new #26756 was now able to be used on both the standard "T" track as well as the new Pike-Master line of track.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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