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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

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Nice Boxed American Flyer Golden State Set 475
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Nice Boxed American Flyer Golden State Set 475
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American Flyer wide gauge 4678 electric locomotive with four passenger cars
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American Flyer wide gauge 4644 electric locomotive with four passenger cars
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American Flyer wide gauge 4637 Shasta locomotive with four passenger cars
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American Flyer wide gauge 4637 Shasta locomotive with four passenger cars
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Unusual Boxed American Flyer ST GA Eagle Set
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual Boxed American Flyer ST GA Eagle Set
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Est: $150- $300
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Boxed American Flyer ST GA 4683 Set
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Boxed American Flyer ST GA 4683 Set
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Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer O gauge Hiawatha locomotive, tender and three passenger cars
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Est: $20- $140
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American Flyer wide gauge 4635 electric locomotive with 4250, 4251 and 4252 passenger cars
Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer wide gauge 4635 electric locomotive with 4250, 4251 and 4252 passenger cars
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Est: $20- $200
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American Flyer wide gauge 4018 boxcar, 4017 sand car, and 4021 caboose with original boxes
Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer wide gauge 4018 boxcar, 4017 sand car, and 4021 caboose with original boxes
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Est: $0- $0
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Boxed American Flyer Silver Flash Freight 5368WT
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Boxed American Flyer Silver Flash Freight 5368WT
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Est: $300- $500
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American Flyer prewar wide gauge 4023 orange log car with original box
Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
American Flyer prewar wide gauge 4023 orange log car with original box
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Est: $20- $140
$101 Bid
1941 American Flyer Steam 3/16 Passenger Set
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
1941 American Flyer Steam 3/16 Passenger Set
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Est: $100- $200
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1921 American Flyer 1201 Set
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
1921 American Flyer 1201 Set
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Est: $100- $200
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1928 American Flyer Freight Set
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
1928 American Flyer Freight Set
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Est: $80- $160
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1929 & 1930 American Flyer Catalog Posters
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
1929 & 1930 American Flyer Catalog Posters
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Est: $80- $160
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1923 American Flyer Steam Passenger Set (16)
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
1923 American Flyer Steam Passenger Set (16)
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Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
12 Assorted EMPTY PREWAR Boxes
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
12 Assorted EMPTY PREWAR Boxes
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Scarce 1924 American Flyer Catalog
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Scarce 1924 American Flyer Catalog
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Scarce American Flyer 4267 Cascade Tunnel
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Scarce American Flyer 4267 Cascade Tunnel
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Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Nice Boxed American Flyer Eagle Set 1472
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Nice Boxed American Flyer Eagle Set 1472
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
4pc American Flyer Nationwide Set
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
4pc American Flyer Nationwide Set
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $150- $300
$750 Bids
5pc 1920 American Flyer Steam Passenger Set
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
5pc 1920 American Flyer Steam Passenger Set
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
1919 American Flyer Steam Passenger Set
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
1919 American Flyer Steam Passenger Set
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Scarce 1929 American Flyer Dealer Catalog Updates
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Scarce 1929 American Flyer Dealer Catalog Updates
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $150- $300
$750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Flyer Model Railroads & Trains


Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Weiss Auctions

Weiss Auctions

Kraft Auction Service

Kraft Auction Service

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer