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One of the Most SEARCHED FOR American Model Trains is the American Flyer

A lot of those trains were the American Flyer brand. These were considered by many to function as top of the line. Lionel and Marx had good trains, however the American Flyer was in a different class.

When the American Flyer first appeared in 1908, it was not the very best train set. The honor of number 1 belonged to the trains produced by Ives Manufacturing Company. William Coleman and his friend William Hafner pooled resources to start out the toy train business, in Chicago, circa 1906. Hafner had developed the clockwork mechanism for the train, and Coleman had a tooling company for the production. The American Flyer name began to be well known because Hafner was able to contract with retailers like Montgomery Ward to transport it in their stores. In 1910, the tooling company changed its name to The American Flyer Company.

Eventually, Coleman and Hafner split ways over a disagreement, and the Flyer begun to decline in market share. Coleman died in 1918, and his son, William O. Jr., took control. The worthiness of the company further decreased after the senior's death. W. O. didn't really care much for the toy train business.

In 1938, Coleman basically gave The American Flyer Company to his friend Alfred Carlton Gilbert. Meghan Markle WHENEVER A.C. took over, the Flyer begun to gain momentum, probably due in part to Gilbert's expertise in advertising. The company was moved from Chicago to New Haven, Connecticut, where the trains were produced that collectors still seek today.

The next World War curtailed production for the Flyer along with other toy makers, but it 1946 these were underway again. For twenty years the American Flyer tried in vain to top Lionel for the market, eventually bankrupting in 1967. A lot of the models available to collectors were from the years after the war.

American Flyers are called S gauge, produced from sixty-forth, the ratio of the train to the full size prototype. This is not the most famous size for model trains. Small HO scale is the most popular worldwide, but the S gauge still includes a following. One American company began due to inability of the owner to find quality parts for his personal American Flyer. American Models is producing its own rolling stock, tracks, and engines to greatly help preserve the Flyers that are still in operation.

Lionel collectors may say that the Flyer is second rate, but also for each one of them there seems to be another who feels the opposite. The great thing is that there still are lots of the old American model trains running the rails today. What do you want for Christmas?