Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:314AW
Road Name:fantasy: American Flyer
Road Number:312
Model Introduced:1949
Finishpainted & lettered
This model was produced in 1949 and 1950 and was labeled for both the Pennsylvania Railroad and American Flyer. The boiler and tender were made out of diecast metal. The whistle unit is located in the tender and controlled by a separate control box (shown in the photo) with a spring-activated switch, which applies a small amount of DC current to the track that allows the whistle to blow. There are two reported variations of #314AW. The first has a one-piece trailing trucks while the second has diecast trailing trucks. Gilbert pulled the #314AW from the market for two reasons: a pending lawsuit by Lionel for patent infringement, and the whistle unit was an operational repair headache for the service stations.
photo © Ted Hamler

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