4-4-0

Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:307
Category:4-4-0
Road Name:Reading (RDG)
Road Number:307
Model Introduced:1954
Finishpainted & lettered
The #307 was produced from 1954 through 1957 in four variations. The first variation produced and date-stamped "Feb 1954", has a four-position reverse unit, and four fabric covered wires from the plug into the locomotive. The second variation has a four-position reverse and four direct wires to the locomotive (shown in the photo; note that this model has lost the wheels that are part of the coupler and yoke assembly between the locomotive and tender). The third variation has a two-position reverse on the back of the locomotive. The fourth variation has a two-position reverse on the back of the locomotive, a black plastic drive two-wire plug to the tender and Pull-More traction drive wheels on front drivers complete with smoke and choo-choo that none of the other three variation have. In 1957, the #307 became the #21100, which came with and without smoke and choo-choo as an uncataloged item. Ted wonders, "Could it be that the fourth variation is actually #21100 with a #307 shell that was incorrectly assembled at the factory in late 1957?"
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler
Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:L2001
Category:4-4-0
Road Name:Casey Jones
Road Number:L2001
Model Introduced:1963
Finishpainted & lettered
1961-62 Gilbert once again broke from their standard where all items carried a 5-digit catalog number. They produced three engines and three cars, many of which were uncataloged. The Game Train locomotive was cataloged 1963 only. It has one unpainted black plastic variation that is poorly made.
Photo
photo © Ted Hamler

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