American Flyer Gauges

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by shepjr, May 30, 2004.

  1. shepjr

    shepjr New Member

    May 29, 2004
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    I am new, very new, to trains. I have an old set that was my father' is an American Flyer. The engine appears to need a little work, my biggest problem is I don't know how to measure the train so I know what gauge it is...could anyone advise me? Thanx
  2. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    May 15, 2002
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    Hi shepjr,
    I don't know much about AF but I guess they were made in three
    gauges, O, S, and HO. The distance between the rails (inside the
    rails) for those three is:

    O gauge(1:48 scale) 1-1/4"
    S gauge(1:64 scale) 7/8"
    HO gauge(1:87 scale) 5/8"

    These should help you determine the scale you have. Check out for repro parts, there are a number
    of other web sites dealing with American Flyer!! :) :) :)

    Welcome to The Gauge, and Good Luck with your train!!
    Got any pix??? :thumb: :thumb:
  3. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    Nov 25, 2001
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    Hi Shepjr:

    Two good sources of parts and repair are Doug at Port Lines Hobby Supplies, and Joe’s Train Repair, you can email Joe at Both of these guys are great folks and very knowledgeable about American Flyer equipment. Joe and I are both members of the Atlantic Coast S-Gaugers and run trains together at meets in Va. NC and SC. I buy a lot of parts from Joe as well as new AF, S-Helper and American Models equipment. Joe fixes most scales and not just Flyer. Doug has rebushed my 474 “Rocket” PA diesel and it has run very well at shows. I’ve also bought parts from him; the latest was a new water spout for a pre-war water tower.

    Cid’s info on the gauges is good. Paul York's website, is a good source of info on Flyer, lots of links. Have you figured out what gauge you have? If so, what equipment did you get from your dad?

    Oh, BTW, welcome to the gauge. It’s nice to have another Flyer owner in the mix.