Sunday, February 3, 2013

The American Flyer 21130 Hudson Locomotive

The A.C. Gilbert Company introduced S Gauge trains in 1946 and began production of its final series of Hudson locomotives in 1959.  Series 21130 Hudson locomotives were produced in S Gauge from 1959 to 1964 and were among the last electric trains produced by A. C. Gilbert under the American Flyer name.   Lionel, a manufacturer of O Scale trains, later acquired the legal rights and tooling to produce American Flyer trains and recently manufactured some cars and locomotives designed and sold by the A. C. Gilbert Company.  Requests were made to reproduce iconic American Flyer pieces like the Hudson and we will have to see what Lionel comes up with for a growing and renewed interest in S Gauge trains and the American Flyer brand.

In the early 1960s, life was just beginning for a number of young lads receiving their first electric trains (and a 21130 Hudson).  Unfortunately, A. C. Gilbert, a magician, passed away in 1961 and his company would soon cease to manufacture the inventive toys created under his leadership.
The American Flyer brand, the largest United States manufacturer of S Gauge trains, would remain dormant even following its 1967 purchase by Lionel.   There would be no new product joining the Hudson I received for Christmas in 1962 for, with the death of Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American Flyer trains and S Gauge were gone, too.
The A. C. Gilbert American Flyer 21130 Hudson S Gauge Locomotive

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