Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers, Lionel Ambassador and home to 65 members is located in Hinsdale, IL.
An S –
Gauge club for over 39 years, the Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers have
been running/displaying Lionel American Flyer equipment on average 9 shows a
year. They promote the model railroad hobby and educate the public on model
railroading, scene construction, S Gauge Hi-Rail and scale and Lionel
conventional and Legacy operation and benefits. The club has several outings
per year to museums, layouts and full scale train events. They rotate with 3
other S Gauge clubs hosting the Fall S Fest event in October.
The CASG is returning to the program for the second year. See 2015-2016 Activity
Work has started to revamp the portable layout with FasTrack.
The Lionel/American Flyer Baggage Smasher
will be one of the accessories. Pictured Left to Right: Wayne Grassel, Ray
Signorini, Dave Fron, Tim Fron.
Great Midwest Train Show at DuPage County Fairgrounds –
September 11, 2016
The club set up a Lionel Ambassador Table and small layout at
the Great Midwest Train Show at DuPage County Fairgrounds on September 11, 2016. We had a lot of traffic. The catalogs really went and we
received a lot of questions about FasTrack
, especially if old Flyer could run
on the new track. With the old Flyer engine running on one track and the
new Lionel Flyer Baldwin on the other was proof of compatibility that they
View American Flyer US Amy Cars
Southland Train Show J L Richardson HS in Oak Lawn, IL October 8-9, 2016
Great Midwest Train Show at DuPage County Fairgrounds – November 13, 2016
The Club set up a display at the Great Midwest Train Show at DuPage County Fairgrounds
in Wheaton, Illinois on Sunday from 10 AM until 3PM.
The show had a great attendance with a lot of traffic in the morning where many
families with kids had the opportunity to see the American Flyer Polar Express (6-49632)
set run around the layout. The most popular questions included AF FastTrack availability
and compatibility with flyer and where they were able to find the train set.
Even O Gauge fans stopped by to comment on the layout, Christmas accessories
and grabbed catalogs!
else have the Ambassador’s been up to? Check out their product reviews on new and old product below:
Lionel Ambassador Review of Lionel/AF Waffle-Sided Cars
Newest Box Cars from
Lionel for American Flyer?
What’s new in Rolling Stock Box Cars? Lionel offers waffle-sided Boxcars; The
C&NW 6-48857, New Haven 6-48856 and American Flyer Lines 6-48855 can be
seen in both the 2015 and 2016 Lionel/AF Catalogs. The cars can be a great
looking addition to your layout. All have knuckle couplers, brake wheel, great
looking graphic detail and opening doors. These cars run well on all tracks,
Fastrack, AF, S gauge scale 148 code track. Have fun and see our video below.
View Video Review of Lionel's Waffle Sided Boxcar
(6-48857 Chicago & North Western Waffle Sided Boxcar)
New Haven Waffle Sided Boxcar)
American Flyer Line Waffle Sided Boxcar)
Lionel Ambassador Review of Lionel/AF Bay Window Caboose
Newest Cabooses from Lionel for American Flyer
A Great addition to your yard work area. Cabooses are still used
today to house personnel on railroad maintenance crews. Lionel offers two new bay
window cabooses.; The UP 6-47970 reviewed here, and the New York Central
6-47971. Both can be seen in the 2016 Lionel/AF Catalog. The car has a smoke
stack and great roof detail, end ladders with brake wheel, sharp clear
graphics, interior lighting with lighted marker lights, die-cast metal trucks
and operating couplers. This caboose looks great behind the UP Baldwin, also
offered in this catalog, or a string of cylindrical hoppers pulled by a UP