A.F. Product Gallery: Track by Year: 1950

Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:28
Road Name:Track Ballast
Year Introduced:1950
#28 Track Ballast was produced only in 1950 in one variation. The white paper bag (turned yellow with age) contains 1/2 pound of finely-ground gray granules which were ground to 1/64" scale (see sample on sheet in the photo). It is likely that Gilbert used the Paxton Company to produce #28, because in 1949 and 1950 Gilbert used the Paxton company to manufacture #21 Grass, #22 Gravel, and #23 Coal.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:697
Road Name:Track Trip
Year Introduced:1950
The #697 Track trip was offered from 1950 through 1954 in only one variation. While it was sold separately, it often came with accessories such as the #592 and #592A Crossing Gates, and the #761 Semaphore. The #697 has a raised part on the base that locks onto the rail. When the swivel clip is engaged on the unit, the large circular sheet metal actuating plate with a half-round notch and an eight-point "star" wheel (which is used to adjust the spring tension of the electrical contact) operates the accessory.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:709
Road Name:Lockout Eliminator
Year Introduced:1950
The #709 Lockout Eliminator eliminated the need for locking the reversing unit in the forward position when using automatic accessories such as the #761 semaphore. It was produced from 1950 through 1955, in just the one variation.
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model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:726
Road Name:Straight Rubber Roadbed
Year Introduced:1950
The #726 Straight Rubber Roadbed was produced from 1950 through 1956 in three variations. All three are shown in the photos. These are a black and gray rubber variation with 6 ties and a black variation with narrow 23 ties made in 1956 only. The roadbed came without track, but Photo #2 shows the same three variations with track installed. The 5-digit version was later sold as #26746.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:727
Road Name:Curved Rubber Roadbed
Year Introduced:1950
The #727 Curved Rubber Roadbed was produced from 1950 through 1956 in three variations. All three are shown in the photos. These are a black and gray rubber variation with 6 ties and a black variation with narrow 23 ties made in 1956 only. The roadbed came without track, but Photo #2 shows the same three variations with track installed. The 5-digit version was later sold as #26747.
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Photo #2
model owned by Ted Hamler
photo © Ted Hamler

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