American Flyer Displays & History


This website is a community effort.  I may have started the ball rolling, but the website would not be what it is today without the generous help of many people.  Listed below are the many individuals who have helped me develop this website by sharing their knowledge and resources.

  • Jim Auld, who provided photos of his restored #98 display

  • Lonny Beno, who provided many, many scans of hard to find display catalogs and also helped me find things I didn't even know existed.

  • Bob Bubeck, who helped sort out information related to the catalogs

  • Clay and Charlie Buckage for providing their fantastic photos of the second floor Gilbert Hall of Science layout and for their support and assistance in creating the section on the Sibley Department Store Layout

  • Terry Cornelius, for his reminiscence of the Meier & Frank Department Store including a photo of the toy department

  • Bill Drake, who provided high quality photos of an early American Flyer Displays including an HO roundhouse display

  • Jeff Faust, who provided his detailed track plans for the Sibley department store layout

  • Bob Giardina, who gave me permission to use illustrations from and provided a reminiscence of a 1957 visit to the 2nd Floor layout at the New York Hall of Science

  • Chuck Harrington, who gave me permission to use illustrations from his website,

  • Bob Horton, who provided photos of his rare Gifts Galore Store Display

  • John Huster, who gave me permission to use still shots from the Boys' Railroad Club and Roar Of The Rails videos

  • Andy Jugle, who provided scans of department store layout photos

  • Mike Leahy, for his reminiscence of Gold's Department Store in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Jeff Madden, for his reminiscence of Hudson's Department Store in Detroit, Michigan

  • Ray Mohrlang, who provided several scans of photographs from his collection, including those of the large 1st floor layout in the New York Hall of Science and also much useful information concerning the Hall of Science layouts and the location of the 1956 catalog cover photo.

  • Daryl Olszeski, who researched and colorized our logo and reviewed the narrative, and acted as a sounding board from the earliest days of this website.

  • Mike Schmidt, who provided information on his rare 1951 display layout and who has provided many excellent tips that have helped develop the website

  • Bill Sheneman, who provided photos of parts of a beautifully preserved Scenarama set as well as the instructions that came with it

  • George Sorensen, who provided information on the Chicago Gilbert Hall of Science as well a reminiscence of that facility including his photo taken with the store "Engineer"

  • Emil Suda, who provided background on A.C. Gilbert History and helped me identify important articles and other source material

  • Richard Trotter, who provided scans of a hard to find brochure covering the otherwise uncataloged 1958 factory displays

  • Doug Wynne, for his reminiscence about the Jordan Marsh Boston Layout, including the fact that he appears in the photo of that layout

  • Paul Yorke, who allowed me to incorporate the relevant portions from his website related to the Sibley and FAO Schwarz layouts