Marx was founded by Louis Marx and his brother David in New York City in 1919. The companies mission statement was to "give the customer more toy for less money," with emphasis on "quality is not negotiable". These values made Marx highly successful.
Marx manufactured a wide range of toys throughout its history. Here at Trains And Toy Soldiers our focus is on O Gauge Trains and accessories along with toy soldiers. The six qualities that Marx believed were needed for a successful toy include: familiarity, skill, play value, surprise, sturdiness and comprehensibility. By 1950 Marx had become the world's largest toy manufacturer, Time Magazine had proclaimed Louis Marx the "Toy King" in 1955.
Marx produced its first newly designed train set in 1934, it was called the streamlined Union Pacific M-10000. The M-10000 included 0-4-0 steam locomotive and tender with a gondola, single dome car and caboose, all made of tin. The boxed set also included tubular track and a transformer, by today's verbiage it would fall into the Ready to Run category. Since 1934 Marx has produced numerous train sets, steam locomotive sets, diesel sets and a variety of cars from tank cars, boxcars, gondolas and cabooses. According to Mr. Greenberg the Louis Marx Company is considered "the most important producer of inexpensive American toy trains."
At Trains and Toy Soldiers you will find a wide range of toy trains and toy soldiers. Collectors of Marx Toy Trains have grown recently, making the availability somewhat limited and increasing the price as well. An example of rarity is the US Army Train Set featuring the 666 steam locomotive and tender along with two flat cars with army vehicles and an U.S. Army work caboose. The steam locomotive features a working smoke unit.
Louis Marx manufactured both tin and plastic model trains in O Gauge trains. Train accessories include the Whistling Train Station, a Girard Whistling Train Station, an Oak Park Diesel Station, metal bridges of all sorts (the famous IC Lift Bridge), foot bridge, bubbling water tower, beacon tower, street lamps, a metal tunnel, flood light tower, barrel loader, along with railroad figures and animals. Contact Trains And Toy Soldiers for all your railroad accessories, O Gauge trains and collectibles.