The Antique Toy Train Collector

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

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 took the opportunity!

The pictures in this gallery were last updated on : February 5, 2019
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Large scale trains from Gauge 1 to Gauge 3 from Voltamp, Carlisle & Finch. Knapp,  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 trains from the early 1900s to the 1930s.
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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 Bing, JEP, Issmayer, Hess, Carpenter and FV.


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Early live steam locomotives with cars from Schoenner, Carette and Bing along with some early hand painted Marklin pieces from early 1900s.

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German made trains from the 1930s from Marklin.

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3 thoughts 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.

  2. Very nice collection.

    I’d just like to thank you for making this site. For years there’s always been postwar Lionel online reference guides, but never a proper prewar one. Thank you for doing this, it’s very much appreciated.

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