A.F. Accessories by Year: 1956

Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:568
Category:Accessory
Name:Whistling Billboard
Model Introduced:1956
Finishpainted & lettered
The Whistling Billboard was produced in 1956. The low cost unit has a white painted black plastic frame and a cardboard insert that reads "AMERICAN FLYER" and a picture of a 4-8-4 Northern. It has a green plastic base that houses the whistle assembly, but, unlike some of the other billboards, this unit is not lit.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:599
Category:Accessory
Name:Talking Station
Model Introduced:1956
Finishpainted & lettered
Talking Station Record with Diesel Locomotive Sound. It is similar to #598, except that #599 is the rarest of all records produced by Gilbert and as such is most difficult to find. #599 has a dispatcher giving instructions for train make-up with background sounds (bell, whistle, etc.) on one side, and the other side includes conversation between the yard tower and the conductor about freight hotbox problems.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler

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