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 Post subject: Re: American Flyer Sets
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:24 am 
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Paul,

They did make an S-gauge "Comet", but it was an Alco PA unit:

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I seem to remember there was a tin streamliner manufactured by AF before WWII called the "Comet". I've only seen pictures of that...I don't know if it was an electric or mechanical set, or perhaps offered as both.

You may be thinking of the S-gauge AF 356 "Silver Bullet":

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This was a plastic-boilered version of the 350, plated in chrome. I've seen a few of these at meets...they seem to usually be in pretty beat-up condition. The chrome-plating didn't appear to adhere to the plastic very well.

There is a red die-cast version of the 350 as well that was the locomotive on AF's S-gauge circus train.

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 Post subject: Re: American Flyer Sets
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I might be thinking of the red 350. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: American Flyer Sets
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I did a bit of research. The AF circus locomotive was the 353:

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It had a die-cast boiler similar to the 350, and came in a set that must have been awesome to receive Christmas morning (or anytime, for that matter):

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A really nice train set for a lucky kid. Years ago I recall someone offering a reprint of the die-cut circus insert...should have jumped on that.

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Agreed, that would have been nice to have, even if you had to cut it out yourself. :-)


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A mate of mine picked this up for from a local (to him) antique mall. It's a postwar Flyer 581 girder bridge, made for S-gauge:

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While intended for S-gauge, it's plenty wide enough to accommodate O-gauge. Heavy die-cast girders on a sheet-metal base. It has its original box, along with the inserts. I don't usually pay attention to such things, but in this case, it's kinda interesting.

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