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Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Unread postby Atkinson_Railroad » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:50 pm

Enjoying a [memory moment] unpacking American Flyer equipment.

This stuff has been dropped, dragged, and played with to its weakest soldering connections.
(There's plenty of curiosity factor remaining for this hardy train stuff for 5-year-olds and up).

Somewhere on the Internet there must be a predominately popular website devoted to American Flyer.
Google searches do not always reveal where the "real" action is.

Where/what are the best websites devoted to the "American Flyer" experience?

Thank you ahead-of-time for any leads, suggestions.

John

Post Script: Yes, I could spend time looking for the websites... [but] that robs me of exploring everything in the long stored boxes ; )
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Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Unread postby Atkinson_Railroad » Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:37 pm

Well this is just plain goofy. I have been a competent repair person (or so I thought ; ) having worked on multi-million dollar pieces of equipment.
I'm discovering the reeving sequence for re-stringing my American Flyer wrecker is not a task for the faint-of-heart.
No wonder most of the EBAY pictures showing these cranes for-sale also show the strings all tangled up and not really in their functioning place.

JDA ; )
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Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Unread postby Trainman2223 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:35 pm

re-stringing is part of the fun 8)

Rates between armature rewinding and trying to figure out what the weird white powder is on the couplers (postwar Lionel and American Flyer)

May or may not be helpful:

http://www.rfgco.com/ (wiring diagrams & parts view )(right hand side )

https://trainrepairparts.com/diagrams
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Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Unread postby Atkinson_Railroad » Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:35 am

OooH Rah Trainman2223.

The white powder attribute is something I do remember on certain pieces.
Back in the '90s, I recall watching the B unit from one of the Santa Fe engines disintegrate
over time. It was the only piece that degraded like that.
There is some "mildew" on some of this stuff but it does wipe off.

I've not given up on re-stringing the wrecker just yet! There may be something to choosing a more workable cord/string.

Thanks for the URLs. I had not visited those sites yet.

John
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Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Unread postby Atkinson_Railroad » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:58 pm

Among the sediments I'm plucking from the carnage is a number 342 0-8-0 engine.

There's an issue with the reversing mechanism in the tender on this particular model.
It still makes the "Chug..Chug.." sound though... so that's a nice plus.

I'm not sure if this is the D.C. only model or the A.C. and D.C. capable unit. (I'll figure it out ; )

I do recognize and remember the bright green pilot light on the train transformer.
This is a cherished memory for all involved ; )

JDA : )
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Re: Websites, Forums for American Flyer "Diehards"?

Unread postby Trainman2223 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:33 pm

I have a pair of 342 0-8-0 engine's, good runners from what I remember.

IIRC the A.C./D.C. versions were marked 342AC on the cab & D.C. just had the number/w no letter's.

I’ve heard several theories as to what this stuff is.
I’ve heard it might be a chemical leeching out of the plastic parts,
or that it might be the mold release, likely stearic acid.

Almost anything molded of black plastic...wheels, couplers, truck sides, by Lionel or American Flyer in the 1940s and 1950s seems prone to this.

After a few failed attempts of wiping and cleaning...I found that a hairdryer on high (carefully) pointed at the offending "stuff" seems to permanently remove/kill what ever "it" is :D
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