The Vintage Toy Train Collector

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My Train Room – In Pictures


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 here 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 car on the top right is a car made by Hafner before he started making trains.

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


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One company that started to manufacture toy trains from Germany in the 1800s  was called Marklin.  All of trains on the shelves are from Marklin and most date from the 1930s.
What I like about Marklin is the tremendous variety of pieces, the quality of the construction and most of all… the patina.  These pieces look more “antique” than a Lionel piece of the same time period.

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Another prominent company from Germany was Bing.  At one time, Bing was a much larger company than Marklin but they were defunct by 1932.  I especially like the Bing freight cars that were made in Germany  for the US market that are lettered with American road names and advertisements.   I have a few of these cars in 4 wheel and 8 wheel varieties on the top 2 shelves.

The train on the bottom shelf is a seldom seen freight train made by KBN (Bub) in the mid 1930s.

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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 upper shelves on the wall on the left display Lionel trains from the late 1930s and early 40s before World War II. The lower shelves hold trains from Ives, Dorfan, Marx and Hoge from the 1930s

The shelves in the right forefront hold trains from Ives, Bing and Hafner.


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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 Ives clockwork locomotive (1906) with its passenger consist traversing a Marklin bridge circa 1900.

The train immediately underneath sporting a beautiful creme and maroon color scheme is an Ives 1616 Passenger set from 1932.

The remaining lower shelves hold Ives trains from the 1910s and 1920s, primarily heralded boxcars.


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The upper shelves hold Lionel Hudsons pulling freight cars from 1937 to the early 1940s.  The very top shelf is a Lionel 00 gauge trains from 1938.

The lower shelves hold some trains from Ives, Lionel, Dorfan, Hoge and Marx, all from the 1930s

I ran out of room in the main part of the basement so took over the storage room as well.

The very top trains is a monorail from the Leland Company in the 1930s



The balance of the pictures are some smaller shelves with various trains









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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