THE TOOL BENCH HINTS AND TIPS
When we purchase existing American Flyer (Gilbert, Lionel, or Plasticville), we make the choice for nostalgia or modify hardware to upgrade with new and improved technology like LEDs, receivers, DC, remote control, etc.
As we try to restore our collectibles, we find better ways to disassemble, clean and repair. This usually does not come without some level of failure from breaking side frames from box car trucks to cracking boiler housings. If the time and patience are taken up front, the rewards are given back in the form of success and accomplishment. Nearly all of the pieces made by AC Gilbert are restorable to near or equal to the original when it's box was opened 50 years ago. In the notebook at the right are a few tips to help you be successful in your restoration of your prized artifacts from one of the greatest hobby manufacturers in the world.
Regarding modifications, you can build reliability and control into locos, switches, and accessories, allowing them to bring us more enjoyment.
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