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American Flyer Model Railroads & Trains

The American Flyer Manufacturing Company was founded in 1910 by William Fredrick Hafner and William Ogden Coleman, both of Chicago. The pair originally produced clockwork model trains that ran on O gauge track through the Edmonds-Metzel Hardware Company around 1906. Edmonds-Metzel adopted the name "American Flyer" for its trains in 1908. By 1910, the company dealt solely in model trains and changed its name to American Flyer.

American Flyer produced its first electric model train, which ran on O gauge track, in 1918. In 1925, the company began producing model trains that ran on wide-gauge track. These trains were popular and the company did well, but ran into trouble during the Great Depression. Under the A.C. Gilbert Company, American Flyer S gauge trains were introduced. These models were popular in the late '30s and '40s.

The A.C. Gilbert company began to flounder in the late '50s. The American Flyer name was ultimately sold to Lionel in 1967, and Lionel continues to manufacture American Flyer model railroad trains to this day.

Quick Facts

  • After World War II, American Flyer re-engineered their 3/16 inch O gauge trains to run on a more realistic two-rail track. These trains became the S gauge trains that were popular in the '40s
  • During World War II, the A.C. Gilbert company was required to devote 95 percent of its resources to manufacturing pieces for machine guns and landmines
  • To keep his toys in the limelight during World War II, A.C. Gilbert opened the Gilbert Hall of Science in 1941. The museum featured an 80-foot American Flyer layout

Recommended Items at Auction

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Nice American Flyer prewar No. 108 switch tower house, OB
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Nice American Flyer prewar No. 108 switch tower house, OB
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $450
$82514 Bids
American Flyer wide gauge 4695 steam locomotive, 4693 tender and 4390 club car, West Point pullman and 4392 observation
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer wide gauge 4695 steam locomotive, 4693 tender and 4390 club car, West Point pullman and 4392 observation
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $500
$1,05013 Bids
Varney & Sirus American Flyer prewar standard gauge chrome Mayflower set
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Varney & Sirus American Flyer prewar standard gauge chrome Mayflower set
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $1,500
$1,20011 Bids
American Flyer wide gauge 4695 steam locomotive and 4693 tender
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer wide gauge 4695 steam locomotive and 4693 tender
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $700
$50011 Bids
American Flyer prewar wide gauge Hamiltonian red passenger cars 4340, 4341 and 4342
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer prewar wide gauge Hamiltonian red passenger cars 4340, 4341 and 4342
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $600
$3258 Bids
American Flyer wide gauge 4637 Shasta locomotive with four passenger cars 4340, 4341, 4343, 4342
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer wide gauge 4637 Shasta locomotive with four passenger cars 4340, 4341, 4343, 4342
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $300
$4008 Bids
American Flyer wide gauge 4010 tank car with original box
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer wide gauge 4010 tank car with original box
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $200
$1106 Bids
ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLYER PREWAR O GAUGE
Apr 30, 1:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLYER PREWAR O GAUGE
by Block Auction House
Est: $10- $10,000
$605 Bids
American Flyer wide gauge 4006 hopper and 4020 stock car
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer wide gauge 4006 hopper and 4020 stock car
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $200
$804 Bids
AMERICAN FLYER TRAIN SET
Apr 30, 1:00 PM EDT
AMERICAN FLYER TRAIN SET
by Block Auction House
Est: $10- $10,000
$152 Bids
Two American Flyer wide gauge 4022 lumber cars with original boxes
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Two American Flyer wide gauge 4022 lumber cars with original boxes
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $180
$202 Bids
American Flyer Prewar 108 Switch Tower House
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer Prewar 108 Switch Tower House
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $275
$502 Bids
4 FOUR AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE GREEN PULLMAN
May 04, 11:00 AM MST
4 FOUR AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE GREEN PULLMAN
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
American Flyer prewar wide gauge 4018 automobile car with original box
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer prewar wide gauge 4018 automobile car with original box
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $120
$101 Bid
American Flyer 2 1/4" Standard Gauge train set,
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer 2 1/4" Standard Gauge train set,
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
American Flyer S Gauge Tender Shells
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer S Gauge Tender Shells
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
American Flyer S Gauge Tender Shells
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer S Gauge Tender Shells
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
American Flyer S Gauge Baggage Car Shell
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer S Gauge Baggage Car Shell
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
American Flyer S Gauge Log Car
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer S Gauge Log Car
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
American Flyer Postwar 716 S Gauge Hopper Car
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer Postwar 716 S Gauge Hopper Car
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
American Flyer S Gauge Freights
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer S Gauge Freights
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $35- $75
$150 Bids
American Flyer 716 S Gauge Hopper
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer 716 S Gauge Hopper
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
American Flyer S Gauge Freights
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer S Gauge Freights
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $35- $75
$150 Bids
American Flyer MP S Gauge Stock Car
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
American Flyer MP S Gauge Stock Car
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Flyer Model Railroads & Trains


R & R Auction INC

R & R Auction INC

Railroad Super Galaxy

Railroad Super Galaxy

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Block Auction House

Block Auction House