|The Engines of The Upstairs Train (1 of 4)|
Upstairs Train comprises twenty one trains (some still incomplete) with
twenty nine engines (twenty one powered and eight dummies), fifty nine
passenger cars, twenty seven freight cars, and a handcar. There
are ten steam engines, three GP diesel engines, a Baldwin diesel, five
dual Alco diesels (powered unit plus dummy), the Santa Fe Chief and
Missouri Pacific ABA Alco diesels, and a single unit Alco diesel.
They make up fourteen passenger trains and seven freights.
Overall, it provides a pretty representative sampling of the trains
made by American Flyer over the years. Most are from the 1950s,
but some are from the 1940s, 1960s, and 1990s.
|Click on an engine to see the train of which it is a part.
|This is my first engine, the #350 Royal Blue. It came as part of the #48T freight set, which also included the red #633 B&O boxcar, the green #631 T&P gondola car, and the red #639 caboose.I got it for Christmas, 1948, when I was five years old.|
is my second engine, the #466 Comet. It came as part of set
#5535TBH which also had the blue-stripe streamlined passenger cars,
#961 combination car, the #962 Dome Car, and #963 Observation Car.
bought my third engine, the #336 Union Pacific Northern, the biggest
engine that Gilbert ever made, which was sold from 1953 to 1957.
Gilbert called it the Challenger but the railroads never used that
name. I bought it from Frank the Trainman in San Diego in 1975.
That's when I learned that Gilbert had gone out of business.
In the fall of 1974, my father had shipped my trains out to us because my sons were reaching the age where I got my first train. We set them up around the Christmas tree that year.
that Gilbert was no longer in business, I put an ad in the paper
"American Flyer trains wanted." Two people responded and I bought
their collections. This is the #494/495 New Haven. The only passenger
car in the set was the #963 dome car. Years later I completed the set
via eBay auctions.
same collection included this #293 New Haven Pacific locomotive. It
came with several freight cars and the #771 operating sotckyard.
|The last engine in that set was this #355 C&NW Baldwin made in 1956-1957.
|This is the engine in the other collection I bought. It is the #21088 Franklin from the #20550 Frontiersman set.
|#21160 Reading Atlantic made in 1958-1960.
nice lady who knew of my interest in model railroading found this in
her garage and gave it to me. So now I have two 21160s.
Thanks, Cathy! If you look closely, you can see a few subtle
|Show me the rest of the engines.
you or your friends have some American Flyer trains and would like them
to go to a nice home where they'll be loved and cared for, this is the
place! Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. See my Wish List for the items I want most.
On the other side of the coin, I post pictures of surplus items I have for sale from time to time on my
For Sale page.
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