American Flyer Displays & History

Tom Thumb Fold-Away Train Town

This was a third party product that was manufactured by the Tom Thumb Train Town Corporation of Waterbury, Connecticut.  It was an ingenious system that allowed you to fold a 4x6 layout down to fit in a 2x3 box with the track left mounted on it.  It was prewired to provide power to the track via spring contacts under the rails.  This allowed track to be removed at the joints of the layout and made it possible to remove the track pins at the joints in the panels.  In order to accommodate the track on the panels that had to fold inward, a small spacing panel was included at the joint of those two panels.   The panels when folded out do not appear to have had any framework to hold them in place allowing the addition of legs.   Apparently the layout was designed for floor use or on a table big enough to provide full support for a 4x6 layout.  The system provided hook ups for a wide variety of accessories, including the talking station.  The station operated as designed provided the direction of the train was clockwise. 

I have never seen an actual example of this set which was sold to provide a place to set up the buyers own train set.   It would be interesting to see the materials of which the set was constructed and exactly how the "trimount" connectors worked.  If you have any other information on this set, please let me know.

.Track Contacts