Gilbert produced the American Flyer Operating Log Car from 1953 to 1956. The car was designed to simulate a log car. The operator would pull the car up using a locomotive and would use a track clip and remote control button to activate the car.
The American Flyer Lumber Car 971 came with a push button, Automatic Track rail and often went with the Moe & Joes Unloading platform. The operating accessory was produced in 1956 and 1957.