Substitute marx windup key classic toy trains magazine. During the 1950s, the erie factory produced millions of mechanical cars, tanks, and tractors annually. In the depression, that proved to be a strategy that earned the company and its founder, louis marx, rich rewards. Arguably, marx was the most wellknown toy company through the late mid20th century. Always look for the marx logo on the underside of one of the train s cars to make sure it is a genuine marx product. The erie factory produced mechanical wind up toys and mechanical trains.
Vintage marx windup toy train with box by nevertooold on etsy model. Vintage marx super hero express train wind up locomotive captain america rare. Always look for the marx logo on the underside of one of the trains cars to make sure it is a genuine marx product. Marx famous windup toys which enjoyed widespread popularity from the 1930s through the 1960s attract collectors and historians to. Good because i could understand what is wrong, even when the repairs are beyond my capacity. Its a tough choice between reference books and mechanical engines.
Wind up clockwork pecking song blue bird magpie tin toy vintage retro gift. The company also made toy guns, dolls, doll houses, robots, and big wheels. Check with olsens and the other dealers, it makes more sense than a juryrigged key. Classic wind up train set with bright green colored train tracks for ages 3 and up vintage wind up toys for christmas birthdays kindergarten 5 sets novelty toy vehicle play set.
Glad you enjoyed the books, good to hear they are doing what i intended. I soon found out that to wind it, it is counterclockwise. Jun 28, 2012 the site itself is an excellent reference for all things marx, and the cd is a musthave if you are interested in 6 tin. Strauss also sold standalone tin trainrelated items, such as twin trolleys, railway express, allaboard limited and an. Louis marx toy train steam line electric train original vintage box only. New to marx clockwork mechanical windup locomotives. Feb 02, 2008 1936 wind up set goes 15 laps around my mini 34 x 4 layout while the pipes and drums parade by.
To wind the spring, it needs to be wound counterclockwise, and not clockwise, as you would expect. Much of marxs train tooling eventually ended up at kline, where it enjoyed a couple more decades of production. From kline, some of the marx tooling ended up back in production at old rival lionel. Dec 07, 2015 early louuis marx and company wind up train set. Marx tinplate trains a guide by collectors classic toy. A variety of topics are addressed, including how a windup motor works, lubrication, disassembly, how to repair the various parts of the windup motor, and more. Like gary said, using two clockwork motors more than doubles the tractive effort i chalk this up to the fact that marx windups are very sensitive to slick spots in the track, since they only pull with one axle. Canadian pacific cp or 3000 or marlines pressed steel tin body, with separate metal sidepanels model numbers 235.
Vintage 1950s marx toys wind up train cardboard station village town. Get the best deals on marx wind up train when you shop the largest online selection at. The rare 1920s and 1920s windup toys by marx and others in original like new condition are very much sought after and sell quickly at high prices. The marx windup toys were primarily produced in the erie, pennsylvania factory.
Was curious if there are some simple things i can check to get this running again. Till my next missive, i remain the humble, yet strangly evil doctor. Fun little toys 189 pcs train sets with variable railway tracks, electric toy trains with lights and sounds, 3d puzzles train track accessories, toy train set for kids 3. After looking through my reference material greenbergs guide to marx trains, vol 1. Thats not surprising, considering its likely that every childand parentin the country had played with at least one of his toys at that point. Oct 14, 2006 i have a wind up loco which appers to be a marx and my train dealer had a wind up key. The robert grossman company 8290 sheltered cove mentor, ohio 440608610 4402090535 please note. Off the wall toys wind up 1850 clockwork train locomotive model tin toy collectible gift home decor. This set is complete including original instructions and packing slip.
Toys from about 1980 onward are very common in most cases. Expand your options of fun home activities with the largest online selection at. The dealer was part of the ozark train club and had a table at the show. Marx famous windup toys which enjoyed widespread popularity from the 1930s through the 1960s attract collectors and historians to this day. The marx wind up toys were primarily produced in the erie, pennsylvania factory.
Toys of the past features neat vintage toys, including tinlithographed toys such as marx and other american and foreign manufacturers. Unfollow marx wind up train to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. Perareks book about maintaining and running mechanical trains which are also called windup trains or clockwork trains. Thunder valley ready to run electric train set n scale. In 1912, ferdinand strauss hired future toy magnate louis marx. Newer reissues, while fun to own, will not command the prices of authentic vintage models. There is a big emphasis on transportation toys, transportation related toys, military toys and action toys. Today, louis marx and company is perhaps best known for its early windup tinplate toys, yoyos, toy cars, ho and o scale train sets, and plastic playsets. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. I then used the greenbergs marx pocket price guide and old windup trains to. Just for fun, here is a wellworn example of the marx commodore vanderbilt, a reversing clockwork version that was probably built sometime in the 19391941 time period single dome body was introduced around 39, reversing. When i tried winding it i couldnt move it anymore as if felt like it was fully wound yet when i disengage the lever nothing happens.
Mechanical dancers, musicians, and windup toys filled the strauss shelves. Marx train parts a major manufacturer of parts to repair. The marx company produced many popular and culturally significant windup toys that referenced some of the most popular characters of the early 1900s such as amos and andy, popeye, and the street cleaner, tidy tim. Greenbergs pocket price guide and inventory checklist to marx trains.
Circa 1950s davy crockett wind up wagon train by marx in original box. Beginning in the late 1960s, most toys were usually massproduced, thus making them quite common. Disappointing because some repairs clearly require machine shop tools and expertise, which i do not have. In 1955, time magazine declared louis marx the toy king of the united states. Unlike lionel and american flyer, marx never set out to make the fanciest toy trains when it acquired the rights to the joy line train sets in 1934. Photos not by william mcfadden are used with permission. Greenbergs marx trains pocket price guide, 9 th edition. The marx logo was the letters mar in a circle with a large x through. Marx published a catalog of sorts for dealers with their train offerings from the early 50s to 75.
Dealing with the history of marx mechanical steam engines is quite confusion. However, theres also some useful information in mr. A very straightforward little book on fixing up marx etc. New listingvintage marx toys mechanical wind up tin litho train set new york central w key.
The marx tooling was also behind the 1980s rock island batteryoperated toy train set. As i identify areas of particular interest to our customers, i will aggressively seek out these for our listings. Repairing vintage o gauge windup trains james pekarek on. As odd as it might sound to use multiple clockwork drives in a train, it does work very good. Toy trainstin toyschildhood toysmarxvintage toys1930sgamesantiquesbooks.
Jul 23, 20 marx cv wind up chassis by rack776, on flickr. Murphy through the introduction of color catalogues in the early 1950s, this is an invaluable book with a high level of reproduction. Its goal from day one was to make the best toy trains at the lowest price. I recently bought a similar marx wind up to adapt to a lionel 1588 shell, which i am still playing around with.
Vintage marx model railroad trains collectors weekly. Jan 26, 2018 i recently purchased the greenbergs marx train catalogues gmtc book in my never ending quest to nail down marx mechanical engine production. Some of these will be marked marx toys and entertainment corp. Marx trains wind up train car set vintage o gauge not lionel. The erie factory produced mechanical windup toys and mechanical trains. If not its no big deal but i feel like i want a challenge today and. We feature lionel, american flyer, mth, atlas o, williams trains, kline, weaver models, and more. Louis marx honeymoon express tin windup toy train usa antique new york litho. Marx windup repair o gauge railroading on line forum. For those not familiar with the subject, the marx commodore vanderbilt cv was a toy o gauge locomotive with a 040 wheel arrangement. We are the major manufacturer of parts to restore and repair marx trains. Today, louis marx and company is perhaps best known for its early winduptinplate toys, yoyos, toy cars, ho and o scale train sets, and plastic playsets depicting everything from european battlefields to prehistoric dinosaurfilled landscapes.
Its products were often imprinted with the slogan, one of the many marx toys, have you all of them. Commodore vanderbilt cv pressed steel tin body model numbers 232 clockwork, 597 electric 19341950. Today, louis marx and company is perhaps best known for its early windup tinplate toys, yoyos, toy cars. Shop forand learn aboutvintage and antique windup toys. Windup train repair is a guide to getting your o gauge windup locomotive running again. Circa 1950s davy crockett windup wagon train by marx in original box. Vntg marx toys new york central steam locomotive wind up o scale train set works. Marx train station toy vintage freight terminal tin litho. Rustic marx clockwork engine working wind up nyc locomotive for o gauge.
It took me since my father passed away in 1996 until november 2006 to find a wind up key at a train show. Louis marx and company was an american toy manufacturer in business from 1919 to 1980. Due to covid 19 the postal service is experiencing a higher volume. Very nice vintage 1940s marx wind up subway express train. Feb 22, 2016 unboxing flying yankee streamline train wind up 02722. This expertlycurated book contains marx train catalogues from the late 1930s to 1975. Barrett said, the wonderful rarities from the museum had been on display for many years, creating a pentup demand and collectors were prepared to bid high in what they viewed as a unique opportunity to acquire their choice of these. Initially, this section will feature only those locomotives that were unnumbered and are, thus, hard for the uninitiated to identify. Well, not too pretty, just a bunch of plain janes, with no added trim or side rods, but i love them.
Vintage postwar distler mercedesbenz cabriolet tin windup car toy b2727 parts. Marx famous wind up toys which enjoyed widespread popularity from the 1930s through the 1960s attract collectors and historians to this day. Be aware that reissues of marx trains are on the market. Marx trains history, 19341974 the silicon underground. Free shipping on many items browse your favorite brands. Antique tin marx honeymoon express wind up vintage litho toy train.326 370 1504 1482 47 1436 727 578 1255 432 908 71 229 82 982 642 1604 463 350 795 645 749 43 1068 921 756 1469 1051 112 1480 1455 1117 970 54 704 1028 521 122 148