The Antique Toy Train Collector

a blog about old toys and trains from a collector in Canada

A world of toys from days gone by…

Hello and welcome!

This blog was conceived in the hope that it might spur some interest in a very interesting and unique hobby that some would say has enjoyed better days.


I originally got interested in collecting old toy trains not too long ago because I have always loved antiques. Be it old houses or furniture or lighting…
So why not toys?
Antique toys….

I set out to build a collection of prewar toy trains that would offer a reasonable representation of the major prewar manufacturers…from around the world.

Today, my train collection  consists of around 400 pieces…an eclectic mixture of prewar O gauge pieces from 1900 to 1940 and a selection of obscure larger gauge pieces from  all over the world.


The links along the right hand side of every page on this site lead to individualized pictures and information on most of the pieces in this collection.
You can browse the gallery of all the items in one place here

If you wish to contact me, you can email me here

Additional links that may be useful to anyone collecting or considering collecting toy trains:



4 thoughts on “A world of toys from days gone by…

  1. Who does the little carpet train, pictured on your page, belong to ? Do you have any information on it ? I didn’t see it in your collection. Thanks

    1. It was likely made by either D.S or F.v from France around the turn of the century. I do not have in my collection but would like to some day. They tend to be very rare and as such, expensive

  2. Jouet de Paris was founded in 1902 by Roussel and Dufrien to create a common toy marque that would include not just their own toy company’s output, but also include the products of a multitude of small creatively-fertile “ferblantier” or “tinsmithing” companies that were dotted around Eastern Paris (the UK had a similar network of cottage industry factories and homeworkers that would produce penny toys and sell them through travelling agents, but worked predominantly in wood rather than metal). Roussel and Dufrien recognised that while Parisian toy manufacturing had a healthy design and manufacturing base, a single catalogue and branding would make it easier to market the products.

    Roussel and Dufrien had already started including some other other key marques in their catalogue in 1899, and this process came to fruition in the first 1902 Jouet de Paris catalogue. G. Potier owned the “Dessein” brand (DS, 1878-), and had already merged it with Faivre (FV) to produce FV-DS, and apparently already organised some sort of deal with Vilain and Lefevre, and the 1902 catalogue incorporated a diverse range of product lines that also included the output of Douliot, Leconte & Cie, Duclos, Tantet, Manon, and Richard Freres (RF).

    The huge range of toys and their variations began to be rationalised in ~1906, and a large (over 10,000 square metres) factory opened in around 1908-9, at 94, rue de Paris, with modern machinery.

    After the company’s bankruptcy it was taken over by the Société Industrielle de Ferblanterie (SIF) in 1909 – SIF having been founded in 1899 as a similar organisation that had amalgamated a more generic collection of metalworking companies.

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