1919 in New York City marked a new history in the lives of Louis Marx and his brother David when they started a new company to manufacture toys with the mission to give the customer more toys for less money. To the brothers, giving out toys for less should not affect quality; the purpose was a resounding success in the history of toy making.
Six distinct qualities determine the exceptional quality that Marx toys are made; they are sturdiness and comprehensibility, play value, familiarity, skill, surprise. These qualities guided the production of wide range of toys throughout Marx production history. The success of Marx reached its peak in the 50s as world’s most significant toy maker and was celebrated in the Time magazine where Louis Marx was proclaimed the “Toy King” in 1955! As you already know, Trains and Toy Soldiers give preference to O Gauge trains and toy soldiers with accessories. Therefore, we collect Marx quality trains in stock for our toy trains and soldier enthusiasts.
The streamlined Union Pacific M-10000 was the first newly designed train set produced by Marx in 1934. The M-10000 features 0-4-0 steam locomotive and presented with a gondola, caboose and single dome car; all these are made of tin. Included in the box are tubular track and a transformer which compared with today’s Ready to Run category. By Mr. Greenberg account, Louis Marx outfit is regarded as “the most important manufacturer of inexpensive American toy trains.” This is in recognition of Marx’s numerous toys production including train sets, diesel sets, steam locomotive sets, and a host of other cars including tank cars, gondolas, boxcars and cabooses.
Any collector that come to Trains and Toy soldiers will find an extensive collection of a variety of trains and toy soldiers despite Marx collectors growing recently; we still strive to get you the collection you want. Today, because many collectors have developed an interest in Marx toys, the collections are limited with an increase in prices. One example in mind is the rarity of the US Army Train Set, the 666 steam locomotive. This toy tender along with two flat cars with army vehicles and US Army work caboose; the stem locomotive has a working smoke component.
Louis Marx model trains are manufactured with tin and plastic including the O Gauge trains and accessories some of which include a Girard Whistling Train Station, Whistling Train Station, an Oak Park Diesel Station, footbridge, metal bridges of all sorts (the famous IC Lift Bridge), floodlight tower, bubbling water tower, beacon tower, barrel loader, street lamps, a metal tunnel, along with railroad figures and animals.
For your O Gauge trains and accessories come to Trains and Toy Soldiers for your collections.