Greenberg's American Flyer s Gauge Repair and Operating Manual: 1945-1965

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9780897780179: Greenberg's American Flyer s Gauge Repair and Operating Manual: 1945-1965
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Tom Barker's best selling guide to the repair and restoration of Gilbert American Flyer S Gauge trains is available in print once more. Now in its 40th Anniversary, Third Edition it is packed full of new information including a new chapter on cosmetic restoration and an expanded chapter on accessories. Tom includes a handy checklist that gives you the step-by-step procedures for servicing a steam or diesel engine when it comes into your roundhouse. The book's footprint has been made smaller so more precious space on a workbench is available. At the same time, the type has been made larger and all the Gilbert hook-up instructions have been reset for easier reading. The famous trouble shooting flow diagram has been redrawn and 85 new photographs have been added for a total of 120 close-up, detailed visual insights into how these prized model trains are assembled and serviced. If you are new to American Flyer S Gauge operating and collecting, this is a "must have guide" to your hobby. If you have a previous copy of Tom's book, you will certainly want to get this new version!

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I first assembled my thoughts on Gilbert American Flyer train repair and restoration in the early 1970's, some years after the Gilbert Company had ceased operation. Up until then, the only "official" guide to the repair of these great model trains was a set of exploded diagrams with part numbers that were being circulated from photocopies of the originals. There was nothing on how to really fix these trains and the company was no longer there to supply replacement parts.   My first AF Repair Book was a handmade compilation of the experience I had gained by fixing hundreds of engines and lots of accessories for a fellow collector who did not have the skill to do it himself. He "paid" me with 20%  of what I worked on and that's how I built my collection - but what I really built was the knowledge base on how these trains worked and how to make them work again.  Later, Greenberg Publishing asked me to have them print the book in a professional format which became the "First and Second" Editions. When Greenberg sold out to Kalmbach and the book inventory ran out, I obtained the rights back to my book. After ten years of supplying it in an electronic format, I discovered Amazon's Creatspace publishing arm and went to work revising and making the book live again. However, it was not just a reprint of the original with a new cover - it is a complete revision of the original work with over 80 new photographs and expanded and added chapters. All the original Gilbert instructions and diagrams have been reset in a more readable type and the entire book has been put into a larger font for easier reading.  The Facebook AF group was very supportive in my efforts and five of the members volunteered to proof read the pages. I am so grateful for their help and support. Restoring AF by Gilbert is a labor of love and I hope my efforts have helped in this labor.

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Take a ride down the track (American Flyer of course!) back to the 1950's with Tom Barker as he guides you to the repair and restoration of those treasured toy trains that circled your annual Christmas tree.
  Remember the first whistle stop when you received that beautiful American Flyer starter set. Let's face it, model railroading brings out the 10-year-old in all of us. It brings back memories of fathers and uncles getting down on their hands and knees, struggling to put the tiny wheels back on track, and then the little kid does it so easily and realizes his or her first triumph in what up till then seemed to be an all-adult world.
  "I'll never forget my second triumph and the event that propelled me into eventually writing this book." says Tom as he fondly recalls paging through a rather worn 1952 Gilbert toy catalog. "I had worn the pages thin looking at possible additions to my small 'collection' of one 302AC Atlantic steam engine and a few freight cars. But with prices from $20 to $50, it was out of the question for my family's budget (recall that postage stamps cost only 3 cents in those days). Then I saw it in E. W. Edward's Department Store. An 0-8-0 342, switcher sat among the holiday returns. Some ruffian had pulled the wires out from the tender to the engine and it was marked down to $10! Pooling my Christmas gift money with $2 that my dad threw in, the 'Yard Goat' was mine. But I had to fix it! By observing the wires on my original 302AC, I was able to diagnose the problem and make the 342 work." This is the approach Tom has taken throughout his many years of restoring and repairing American Flyer S Gauge trains - "Observe a good one and then apply that careful observation to the broken one." In this, the 40th anniversary issue of the AF Repair Guide, Tom again shows how his labor of love has helped thousands of American Flyer operators and collectors restore their beloved trains.

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