Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:312
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Road Number:312
Model Introduced:1946
Finishpainted & lettered
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This model was produced from 1946 through 1948 and again in 1951 and 1952. It features a diecast boiler and tender. The 1946 and 1947 models have lettering on the tender in silver and are the same as they were for #310. Those models also had the smoke and choo-choo sound unit located in the tender driven by a separate motor that allowed the unit to smoke and make the choo-choo sound while sitting in the parked position. In 1948 the lettering on the tender read "American Flyer Lines" and it was in white. That model had the smoke and choo-choo sound unit moved to the boiler. By doing so, Gilbert was able to utilize the drive motor to run the smoke and choo-choo unit. Because the smoke and choo-choo unit was now in the boiler, the reverse unit was moved to the tender and as such, the smoke and choo-choo unit could not work unless the engine was moving. There are five-reported variations of #312.
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