American Flyer Locomotive 466 Comet

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American Flyer Locomotive 466 Comet

American Flyer Locomotive 466 Comet

Catalog Description

This big Diesel โ€œgrowlerโ€ will handle your long freight drags with dispatch or make a speedy on-time passenger run. Powerful worm-drive motor assures realistic starting and stopping. Full remote control operation. Arctic blue-green and yellow on satin silver finish.

The American Flyer Locomotive 466 was produced from 1953 to 1955. The railroad was called the Silver Comet and was diesel locomotive. American Flyer had three basic types of diesel trucks. Diesel naming convention moved away from the steam Whyte system and focused on Axels instead of wheels. GP7 trucks with two powered axles, PA/PB trucks with simulated three powered axles (also used on the EP-5 Electric style locomotive) and the Baldwin diesel trucks had two powered axles. The F9 may have simply used the Baldwin trucks. This would make the GP7 locomotives B-B type, the PA/PB and electric locomotives C-C type and the Baldwins, B-B type also. F9โ€™s probably B-B as well. The 466 was of the PA/PB varietal of which Gilbert produced about 25 different locomotives.

The Silver Comet was a streamlined passenger train inaugurated on May 18, 1947, by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad (Seaboard Coast Line after merger with the Atlantic Coast Line on July 1, 1967). The train ran from New York to North Carolina until it was forced a slow demise during the late 1960โ€™s.

American Flyer Locomotive 466 Silver Comet Catalog Image

American Flyer Locomotive 466 Comet

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4 Comments

  1. Tim Buck

    I just bought a comet and as I was leaving the guy said that the train ran thru the chime whistle. My question is do I have to have the chime whistle hook up to just run the train . Can I just run wires for the transformer to the track and run it that way and just forget about the chime for now. I ask the guy I bought it form and he said he didn’t know he always had the chime whistle in the circuit.
    Thanks for your help

    • Bill

      The air chime whistle control activates the sound by adding a signal to the train power. You can operate the locomotive without the whistle control. No problem. Normal transformer power to the tracks will work.

    • Phil

      My father passed one of these down to me… I always did a direct wire from transformer to rails with no problem. Such a wonderful reminder of my childhood…. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope this helps! Wire that bad boy up and start sticking nativity figures in the flat car and upset your mother/wife LOL You’ll be fine ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Except from your mother or wife LOL)

  2. Tim Buck

    I just bought a comet and as I was leaving the guy said that the train ran thru the chime whistle. My question is do I have to have the chime whistle hook up to just run the train . Can I just run wires for the transformer to the track and run it that way and just forget about the chime for now. I ask the guy I bought it form and he said he didn’t know he always had the chime whistle in the circuit.
    Thanks for your help

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