Postwar 0 Gauge Postwar S Gauge

Noma Talking Station Postwar

Noma Talking Station

Noma made Christmas tree lights and other seasonal items.

This station has a battery operated record player inside it that plays when the button on top of the chimney is pushed.

There are at least 4 different records for the station. Joe Mania has recordings on his website if you want to listen to them. Here’s a link.

The station was made with a red or green plastic roof. Green is more valuable.

The red rectangular areas surrounded by white under the roof on the corners are sign boards. The station came with paper town names to fit in them, or the user could make his own.

You can find a history of Noma here.

Postwar S Gauge

American Flyer K335 Northerner Loco 1952

American Flyer K335 Northerner

This is American Flyer’s largest steam engine. Made in 1952 only, the K in K335 refers to the knuckle coupler. Earlier Northerners – 332, 332AC and 332DC had link and pin couplers.

This loco is also called the Challenger because Flyer referred to it as the Northerner and as the Challenger in their catalogs.

Postwar S Gauge

American Flyer 342DC Switcher 1946-52

Flyer 0-8-0 switcher 342dc

This is the most common version of American Flyer’s popular 0-8-0 switcher. The DC in 342DC means it doesn’t have a reverse unit and was wired for DC operation.

This was made between 1946 and 1952. The 342DC shown above is the last one from 1952.

Postwar S Gauge

American Flyer 23791 Cow on Track 1957-59

AF Cow on track

American Flyer made this interesting accessory for only three years. Catalog number 23791 cow on track.

The operator pushes the red button on the controller and the cow swings out over the track. The train stops before hitting the cow. When the green button is pushed the cow swings away from the track and the train starts up again.

Many of these when found are melted. There is a resistor under the green base that blocks off most of the current so the reverse unit won’t cycle. If the cow is left over the track for long periods of time, the resistor gets hot and melts the base.