One of the Most SEARCHED FOR American Model Trains may be the American Flyer

A large amount of those trains were the American Flyer brand. These were considered by many to be the top grade. Lionel and Marx had good trains, but the American Flyer was in a different class.

When the American Flyer first appeared in 1908, it had been not the top train set. The honor of number one belonged to the trains produced by Ives Manufacturing Company. William Coleman and his friend William Hafner pooled resources to start the toy train business, in Chicago, circa 1906. Hafner had developed the clockwork mechanism for the train, and Coleman had a tooling company for the production. The American Flyer name began to be well known because Hafner could contract with retailers like Montgomery Ward to carry it in their stores. Chrissy Teigen In 1910, the tooling company changed its name to The American Flyer Company.

Eventually, Coleman and Hafner split ways over a disagreement, and the Flyer began to decline in market share. Coleman died in 1918, and his son, William O. Jr., took control. The worthiness of the company further decreased following the senior’s death. W. O. didn’t really care much for the toy train business.

In 1938, Coleman basically gave The American Flyer Company to his friend Alfred Carlton Gilbert. WHENEVER A.C. took over, the Flyer started to gain momentum, probably due in part to Gilbert’s expertise in advertising. The business was moved from Chicago to New Haven, Connecticut, where in fact the trains were produced that collectors still seek today.

The next World War curtailed production for the Flyer and other toy makers, nonetheless it 1946 they were underway again. For twenty years the American Flyer tried in vain to top Lionel for the marketplace, eventually bankrupting in 1967. Almost all of the models open to collectors were from the years after the war.

American Flyers are called S gauge, derived from sixty-forth, the ratio of the train fully size prototype. This is simply not the most popular size for model trains. The smaller HO scale is the hottest worldwide, but the S gauge still includes a following. One American company began due to the inability of the owner to find quality parts for his personal American Flyer. American Models is producing its own rolling stock, tracks, and engines to greatly help preserve the Flyers which are still in operation.

Lionel collectors may say that the Flyer is second rate, but also for all of them there appears to be another who feels the contrary. The best thing is that there still are lots of the old American model trains running the rails today. What do you want for Christmas?