American Flyer Locomotive 308

by Dec 14, 20141 comment

The American Flyer Locomotive 308 Atlantic 4-4-2 would have had 4 leading, 4 driving, and 2 trailing wheels. Gilbert produced 13 models of the Atlantic 4-4-2. Modeled after a Reading Railroad prototype, the Gilbert American Flyer Locomotive 308 Reading Atlantic Flyer locomotive was produced after World War II (1956) as an S Gauge engine at 1:32 scale. The prototype had an extra large firebox due to the type of coal burned by the Reading Railroad (hello Monopoly fans). This large firebox on the model enabled the ability to fit the standard Gilbert worm drive motor into the rear of the boiler/cab shell. The Reading railroad was one of the first railroads in the us and ran from Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River to Reading Pennsylvania. The railroad primarily transported coal and ran from the 1800’s until the 1970’s until it went into bankruptcy from highway competition and short haul coal operations.

American Flyer Locomotive 308 Catalog Image

The American Flyer 308 4-4-2 Reading AF Lines Steam Locomotive & Tender. Features include a motor, reverse unit, operating light, durable plastic shell, metal wheels and side rods, die-cast trucks and knuckle coupler on tender.

American Flyer Locomotive 308 Catalog Image

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  1. mark currie

    I have a set that I cannot identify. The set consists of the following:
    Engine #21160
    Coal car has American Flyer Lines Reading Lines
    Gulf tanker car #24310
    Unknown type car #24110 Marked Pennsylvania
    Caboose #24610
    I remember this being around the Christmas tree every year. I need your help in identifying this. Thank you very much.

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