About the Ray Mohrlang Collection
Ray Mohrlang was a major collector of American Flyer
trains. In addition to his train collection, he had a collection of
rare American Flyer and Gilbert photos. Ray passed away
recently and his photo collection was acquired by Lonny Beno for
continued preservation. Lonny has made these photos available
for display on this website as a way to increase knowledge and
understanding of the history of the A.C. Gilbert Co.
Many times photos turn up and we have little information about where they came from. We know that these photos were originally preserved by Maury Romer, an A. C. Gilbert executive who held various high level positions at the company. Maury sold these photos to the late Peter Jugle and late Dave Garrigues during the 1970’s. Peter and Dave were noted Gilbert historians and collectors. Eventually, most of Peter’s photos were subsequently acquired by Dave. Ray Mohrlang became the next custodian of the photo collection from Dave Garrigues, minus a number of photos that Dave wanted to keep. Gary Baloun acquired the last of Maury Romer’s photos from Dave and has also shared them to be displayed here along with their related photos from Ray's collection.
Ray had long hoped to share these photos with American
Flyer collectors in a book, but for various reasons this was not
possible. It is hoped that their availability on this website
will help achieve this goal. Our thanks go to all the
custodians, past and present, who helped preserve these historic
photos for our education and enjoyment. They include, Maury
Romer, Dave Garrigues, Peter Jugle, and Ray Mohrlang, along with
Andy Jugle, Gary Baloun, and Lonny Beno.