American Flyer model trains are a great way to wax nostalgic about an era long gone. After all, there’s something magical about trains. From the rumble of the engine to the clickety-clack of the wheels as the train flies along ribbons of track that seem to lead to endless possibilities, trains have a timeless appeal. If you’re looking for a way to share that appeal with a young person, American Flyer model trains may be just what you’re looking for.
Finding American Flyer model trains is an easy task. These model trains are available in kits, through retailers and from collectors. One source of American Flyer model trains is Mark B. Preman Enterprises, located online at www.americanflyertrains.com. Preman sells partly from his own collection but also accepts consignments. In his own words, his collection of American Flyer model trains is a "hobby gone berserk."
Preman’s description is fairly typical for those people who are interested in model trains. American Flyer model trains, with the historical value added to the sheer fanatical enthusiasm of those who call themselves collectors, are the perfect hobby for anyone interested in model trains.
American Flyer model trains were at the height of their popularity during the first half of the 1900s. The toys were first manufactured by the American Flyer Manufacturing Company with its home base in Chicago, Illinois. By the mid-1930s, the American Flyer model trains and all other products of American Flyer were sold to A.C. Gilbert, who would later become famous for the erector set. The American Flyer model trains continued to be a good product and were manufactured up until the 1960s. The American Flyer name eventually became the property of the Lionel Corporation, another of the "big names" in model trains.
One of the most incredible points of the American Flyer model trains for the collectors was the uniformity of the trains and parts. American Flyer model trains were built to scale. This meant that the trains could be collected piece by piece. New parts, rail cars, track and other details could be added along the way, always with the assurance that the pieces would fit together.
So how popular were American Flyer model trains? Obviously, these models had to be a sought-after item for so many to be in existence still today. Many collectors have working railroads that feature American Flyer model trains in original condition and still running. Additionally, you can find many suppliers who have train parts and kit pieces compatible with American Flyer model trains.