New Product Spotlight – American Flyer Defender Set

24 06 2013

American Flyer fans have been waiting for this set to arrive for awhile and now it is finally on its way. The Defender Set is filled with many of the classic American Flyer action cars that bring the train to life.

Defender Set

The LONG awaited American Flyer Defender Set is finally just about ready to ship. For more photos of this set, see our American Flyer Facebook Page.

American Flyer first produced the Defender Set in 1959. With its rocket, searchlight, operating boxcar and more, the action-packed set targeted young minds at the dawn of the space age. The set also marked the 50th Anniversary of American Flyer trains.

The new set captures the spirit and details of the original 1959 set quite well. Whether you grew up with the original and want to recapture your youth or you’re ready to start the adventure for the first time, this set is sure to please.

Pulled by a C&O GP-7, the locomotive includes:


The GP-7 is decorated for the C&O and features an electronic ringing bell.

  • Transformer controlled forward, neutral, and reverse operation
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor
  • Ringing bell
  • Directional lighting including headlight and back-up light
  • Interior cab light
  • Front and rear operating couplers
  • Metal frame
  • Die-cast metal trucks

Of all the action cars in the set, the rocket launcher is the most imaginative and dramatic.

Rolling stock includes an operating rocket launcher car, Navy flatcar with two removable Jeeps, lighted searchlight car, merchandise boxcar with opening doors, and a lighted caboose. All cars feature die-cast metal trucks and operating couplers.

The set is scheduled to ship this August. Please see your Lionel dealers for availability.



3 responses

24 06 2013
Mark G.

I hope Lionel continues to reissue Postwar American Flyer Sets!!!!!!!!!!! Kind of like the Postwar Celebration Series done in O gauge!

24 06 2013

Make an S Scale C&O ACF Cylindrical 3-Bay Covered Hopper to match the set.

18 07 2013
Paint Scratch Repair

Nice post !!The Defender Set is filled with many of the classic American Flyer action cars that bring the train to life.

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