A.F. Product Gallery: Remote Control Switch

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:720A
Road Name:Remote Control Switch
Year Introduced:1946
The #720A Remote Control Switches were produced from 1946 through 1956 as a replacement for the #720. The major difference between the #720 and the #720A is the shape of the Bakelite base, which is why the "A" suffix was added to the catalog number. The #720A has rectangular shape free of any cutouts. A common mistake by many is that they identify #720A as #720. The #720A has three variations, two of which are shown in the photo. The left switch show in the photo is one of the variations that were produced in 1954, which has colored dots next to the binding post. A second variation produced in 1951 has colored disks around the binding post as shown on the right switch. The third variation, not shown, has Fahnstock Clips and colored disk instead of binding post with colored disks. This variation was most likely produced after 1954. The 720A first came in a yellow & blue lightweight cardboard box while later models produced around 1956 came in red & white boxes. In 1957, Gilbert converted to a new 5-digit catalog numbering system for all of the products. The #720A became #26742 in 1957-58 which was packaged in a red & white box. The #26742 has two variations one has binding post while the second has Fahnstock Clips. In 1958 the base of the Remote Control Switches was changed from Bakelite to black plastic and the new units were given the new number #26760 which remained until 1964. Without the original box, it is nearly impossible to distinguish #720A from either #26742 or #26780 except the #26780 has a plastic base.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:720
Road Name:Remote Control Switch
Year Introduced:1946
The #720 Remote Control Switches were produced from 1946 until 1949, in only one variation. The major difference between the #720 and the #720A is the shape of the black Bakelite base. The #720 has two opening in the base. A small opening is located between the curved and straight track. A large opening is located between the curved track and the switch motor housing. The #720 typically came in a heavy tan cardboard box with a red & white label on the end as shown in the photo.
Photo
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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