A reprint of an article about trying to come up with 87 new ideas using AF-based products (only 8 are listed).
A summary of the 1990 A.F. Commemorative Car made by Lionel, and the improvements Lionel has made to their products starting this product year. Also the article introduces the 1991 A.F. Commemorative Car.
Update on the 1995, 1994, and 1993 A.F. Commemorative Cars projects.
A report on the status of the current and upcoming A.F. Commemorative Cars.
The author shares his observations about trying to build and improve upon his collection of American Flyer circus trains. Includes several photos of cars.
The author has built a fantastic collection of both American Flyer and Plasticville products. He is always improving on his collection, because not only does he want one of each, he wants the best he can find of each. The display room also includes an 7'x6' island-style layout. Includes many photos.
Two previous committees were merged into this new one, and the purpose is to produce an annual NASG A.F. Commemorative Car. The car significantly increased the NASG's membership.
Status update on the 1991 NASG AF Commemorative Car, introduction to the 1992 one, and some info on the 1993 one.
The authors show several modifications that they make to A.C. Gilbert AF turnouts.
The author shares a number of photos of S-scale trains under the family's Christmas tree, as well as his friend's layout. Other Christmas-related photos with trains are included as well.
The author found a #643 circus flat car, and studies it a bit more. Includes several photos.
Dick describes his transition from A.F. to scale. His request is for more A.F.-related materials to be published in the Dispatch.
This is the first of the author's columns about running and fixing American Flyer trains. In this column he introduces himself and his history of model railroading. He shares a tip for how to remove the AF floors from the cars' body, including the action caboose.
This column focuses on trucks and their wheels.
This column continues to deal with improving A.F. trucks.
The author describes the Christmas train set up he builds and uses every year, which includes elevated sections.
In this column, the author covers how to deal with loose A.F. steam wheels as they age. It also deals with gauging the wheels as well as quartering them.
The author covers repairing motors in A.F. steam locomotives.
This column focuses on the A.C. Gilbert track, and how to get good performance out of it.
Continuing with the track theme from the previous issue, this column makes suggestions for improved running around the Christmas tree. Includes several Christmas set-up photos by Mike Wright.
The author describes the various A.F. steam locomotives that were produced.
How to identify smoke-in-tender models and how to fix them.
New books and reference material to help anyone wanting to repair A.F. products.
This column starts a series on A.F. turnouts. It covers A.F. #720.
This column continues the series on A.F. turnouts.
What tools are required to be able to fix A.F. items?
What to look for before buying a "bargain" at a train show.
What to look for before buying a "bargain" at a train show.
How to prepare your AF trains for the Christmas display layout around the Christmas tree.
The author gives the top-ten reasons why you're having trouble keeping your engines on the track.
By converting the pilot coupler of the A.F. Hudson, double-heading of trains becomes possible. This photo-essay article shows how to do that with American Models couplers.
The author covers adding animated accessories to his layout.
The author has a 30'x60' O-scale layout, but he uses a lot of A.C. Gilbert American Flyer accessories, some of which are photographed.
Design drawings for how to construct the linkage.
A review of the past number of years of NASG Dispatch articles seems to indicate that the focus has been on "scale" modeling with little coverage for the A.F. enthusiast. To change that, Tom Nimelli has been appointed the Chairman of the American Flyer Enthusiast Committee.
The story is about how Jim Bezek refurbishes old, non-functioning American Flyer accessories and brings them back to life again, using a passenger station platform as an example. Includes several construction photos.
Modifying the AF #283 Pacific to allow for coupling on the front, for double-heading.
This article covers what it would take to convert the American Flyer #740 handcar to be a reversing one, using electronic components.
The author provides a behind-the-scenes look on how the NASG's A.F. Commemorative Car project was started, and working with Lionel to make it a reality.
An introduction of this new column in the Dispatch.
The author covers the new products that Lionel is making available under the "American Flyer" brand name. He also covers American Models' new products, and the restart of the Rex product line.
The author describes how to trouble-shoot a locomotive smoke unit.
The author expresses his frustration with his GP-20 not running on the club layout for more than 20 minutes. He describes how he fixed it.
A tip on using Bondo's "Plastic Metal" to repair AF shells.
This installment covers the NASG American Flyer Commemorative cars from 1997 through 1999, including photos of each of them.
Covers the years 2000 and 2001, which were very popular tank cars.
This installment covers the 2002 and 2003 NASG American Flyer Commemorative Cars, both tank cars (includes their photos).
This installment covers the 2004 through 2008 NASG A.F. Commemorative Car projects, because they represented an entire GE work train, culminating into the 2008 Baldwin switcher engine (the only locomotive ever produced in this project). Includes photos of each piece.
The history behind the production of this train.
The author describes his desire to own one of these since being a young boy, but he finally had a chance to buy one. He describes the workings of the accessory in this article, accompanied by several photos.
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