The Antique Toy Train Collector

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

My Train Room – In Pictures


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When I started this adventure I was able to display my train collection in the living room, even going so far as to build a wall unit with glass shelves to hold the trains. This was great for the first eight locomotives but when it went beyond that I was asked to move to the basement!

We live in a townhouse and the main room in the basement is approximately 500 square feet.  I asked my wife if I could use all of the wall space and she said yes…so I eagerly obliged!

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Large scale trains from Gauge 1 to Gauge 3 from Voltamp, Carlisle & Finch. Knapp, Lionel, Beggs, Ives and Elektoy from America and Marklin, Schoenner and Bing from Germany. Most of the trains displayed in this picture are over 100 years old, making them truly antique.

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Ives manufactured toys, including toy trains from the late 1800s to the early 1930s when they were bought up by Lionel.  To be honest, as I progress with collecting, my interests go further back in time.  The older the better!  Ives was making O gauge trains before Lionel so it gave me the opportunity to have some trains that were made between 1906 and 1930 which is where my Lionel O gauge collection starts…at around 1930.

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I have also acquired a few “non-train” pieces over the past few years, simply because I could not resist the “look”, the patina, the history of these early toys.

The horse-drawn fire equipment and the cast iron trains on the shelves in the picture below are  representative of the types of toys made by various manufactures in the late 1800s.

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Some early unusual trains from Issmayer, Hess, Carpenter and FV along with some “Zinnfiguren” from France.

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Some trains from the 1920s and 30s from companies Bing and Marklin of Germany. The train on the 2nd shelf is an American lined train made by Marklin in the 1920s.  The trains on the 4th and 5th shelf down are American lined trains from Bing in the 1920s.

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More German trains from the 1930s from Marklin and KBN (Bub). The train on the ceiling shelf is a Lionel 763e in gunmetal with a cast tender pulling heat stamped cars from the early 1940s.

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Immediately above the TV is a Marklin Gauge 1 PLM Locomotive with hand-painted passenger cars.  Above that is an French-made Edobaud passenger train from the 1930s.  It has Gauge 1 size bodies on  gauge trucks.
The shelves immediately to the right and left of the TV hold tinplate stations from Marklin and Bing.

The shelves on the wall on the left display primarily Ives trains from the 1920s and 1930s.  One exception is the AMerican Flyer Aeolus streamliner on the 4th shelf down.

The shelves in the right forefront hold trains from Ives.

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The ceiling shelf holds a JEP Fleche d’or passenger train from the 1930s, while the wall shelf displays a cast iron floor train from the late 1800s.

The top of the lower shelves is adorned with an Marklins clockwork locomotive (1906) with its passenger consist traversing a Marklin bridge circa 1900.

The train immediately underneath sporting a beautiful Marklin Gotthard electric locomotive pulling ding, sleeping and passenger cars,

The remaining lower shelves hold early trains from Marklin and Bing.

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The top shelves display some later Ives trains withe the 4the shelf down being an American Flyer Aeolus stream liner.  The lower shelves hold Ives trains pulling lithographed heralded cars from the 1920s and 30sDSC_0209
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Heavy Metal!  Various large locomotives from Lionel, Hornby, Bassett Lowke, Marescot and Marklin.

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Some unusual European trains from Elme, Loma, Jep and Luois Roussy

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Some additional trains from Lionel, Marx, American Flyer, Dorfan and Hafner from the late 1920s and 1930s

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One thought on “My Train Room – In Pictures

  1. I see you have some very exceptional toy trains. It was a good decision on your part to collect only the very best trains that you could and you have done famously. I see many hard to find trains that you have “found” and you are to be commended. Keep on going. Thanks for the look see.
    Richard Sappelli, TCA, LCCA. Penna.

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