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Trains and Toy Soldiers takes a look back at the history of Marx Trains

Posted by Evelyn on May 31st 2018

Trains and Toy Soldiers takes a look back at the history of Marx Trains

History was made in 1919 in the city of New York when Louis Marx and his brother David founded what to become a successful toy train company every historical toy collector is celebrating today. The success of Marx was due to the purposeful idea highlighted in the company’s mission which is to “give the customer more toys for less money.” The company never compromised on the quality of toy and accessories produced at the time. The company was successful as a result!

Although our focus at Trains and Toy Soldiers is on O Gauge and other accessories along with toy soldiers, the company produced far more toys during its time. The success of Marx was predicated on six unalloyed qualities including sturdiness and comprehensibility, familiarity, surprise, play value, and skill. In the Times Magazine of 1955, Marx success which made the company the largest of its kind, featured in its issue where it was proclaimed “Toy King.”

The first set of the train set by Marx called the Union Pacific M-10000 was produced in 1934. The collection consists of a 0-4-0 steam locomotive and tender with a gondola, single dome car, and caboose. All the first set of Marx product was made of tin. There are also tubular track and a transformer included in the boxed set. If compared with what obtains today, this set will be the Ready to Run toy of our time. Many more train sets, diesel sets, steam locomotive sets, and variety of cars including tank cars, gondolas, boxcars, and cabooses have been produced since 1934. Mr. Greenberg described the company “the most important producer of inexpensive American toy trains; this statement remains valid today.

Although collectors of Marx Toy Trains have grown, Trains and Toy Soldiers is still a formidable collector that stocks a wide range of toy trains. The increase in the number of collectors is limiting the availability of Marx toys. We can site such limited availability with the US Army Train Set, using the 666 steam locomotive (featuring a working smoke unit) and tender and two other flat cars with army vehicles and the US Army work caboose as examples.

Louis Marx toys are manufactured using both tin and plastic for its O Gauge trains. Its manufacturing process include making trains accessories like , an Oak Park Diesel Station, a Girard Whistling Train Station, metal bridges of all sorts (the famous IC Lift Bridge), the Whistling Train Station, footbridge, bubbling water tower, beacon tower, floodlight tower, barrel loader, street lamps, a metal tunnel, along with railroad figures and animals.

The limited availability of Marx Toy Trains notwithstanding, you can contact Trains And Toy Soldiers to your Toy trains and all railroad accessories. We assure you of getting what you need.