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A collection of historical photographs and memorabilia, with an emphasis on the classic Gilbert American Flyer display Layouts
"Without extended study we are only accumulators of pretty items,
 unfortunately missing half the fun of the hobby."
Frank C. Hare - Former Editor of The Collector and the Train Collector's Quarterly
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Welcome to American Flyer Displays & History

In the following pages, you will find one of the largest collections of photographs and illustrations of the various American Flyer display layouts built by the Gilbert company and its contractors.  Through the hundreds of pages on this website, we cover almost every aspect of these layouts and displays.  The website focuses on the history and art of the classic American Flyer display layouts in all their forms, but we also include other items of historic interest.  The historical information on this website is based on several years of research and the contributions of many Gilbert collectors and scholars.  To the best of my knowledge, the information is accurate, but if you see what you believe to be errors, please contact me so that corrections can be made.   I am greatly indebted to many Gilbert collectors for their generosity in sharing photos and information from their collections.  I hope it will be of help to you in your own "extended study" of the trains we collect.

In this website you will find information on:


Whether you want to relive the days when these layouts actually existed, or want to recreate some of them, either in whole or in part, I hope these web pages will be useful and enjoyable. 

*Logo photo from Buckage Collection colorized by Daryl Olszeski based on color photos which appeared in Classic Toy Trains in January 2008, "Field Trip to Paradise" 
Copyright © 2010 Clay Buckage - Copyright © 2013 Daryl Olszeski

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