American Flyer Oil Drum Loader 779
The American Flyer No. 779 Oil Drum Loader is one of the more fascinating Gilbert accessories. Featuring continuous action (as long as the oil drums are removed from the destination car and reloaded into the feed ramp), the “fork lift” shuttles back and forth from the loading ramp to the gondola parked on a siding next to the Loader. Each time the fork lift approaches the ramp a mechanism tilts a drum onto the fork lift. The fork lift backs up, turns around and drives across the platform and approaches a gondola parked along side. Reaching the gondola, the fork lift tips the oil drum into the gondola bed, then backs up, turns around and heads for the feed ramp for another load.
The control button for the No. 779 Oil Drum loader is equipped with the ability to switch for continuous running without the operator needing to hold the button down. The motor and mechanism are very quiet in operation and able to be operated for an extended time without overheating.
Operating the American Flyer No. 779 Oil Drum Loader is hypnotizing and can be watched for extended periods of time. Once loaded, the gondola can be picked up by a local freight and delivered to its destination on the layout, where the barrels can be removed and reloaded into the feed ramp for another trip.