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Marx Model Railroads & Trains

The Marx toy company specialized in tin lithographed toys. Louis Marx, founder of the company, expanded the company's line to include model trains when he acquired the rights to the Girard Company's Joy Line train sets in 1934. Marx began producing the Girard line under its own name in the mid-'30s. These trains were not scale models, but were O gauge toy train sets that ran on O27 track.

Marx specialized in model train sets that were low in cost to produce and therefore cheaper for consumers. A full Marx model railway could be purchased for the same price as one Lionel train set in the late '30s. Marx controlled cost by limiting the number of accessories that it offered with its sets, although the number available was still considerable. Marx also standardized the electric motor it used in all of its locomotives, which lowered production costs.

After World War II, Marx began producing model trains in plastic using the same standardized Marx motor. Marx continued to produce model trains until the '70s when the company was sold to Quaker Oats. Toy production ended and eventually, Marx assets were liquidated.


Quick Facts

  • Marx trains ran on O27 gauge track. This track was redesigned O gauge track, adjusted to accommodate a tighter 27 inch turn. O27 models are a smaller scale than O gauge models to accommodate the tighter turns
  • Marx only produced a small core variety of models. One of the reasons was that when Louis Marx requested permission to produce a particular road name, the railroad often requested a few complimentary sets in return. Marx refused because he was too thrifty to give away train sets
  • Marx produced a few die-cast locomotives that were more realistic in appearance, although their tinplate model trains were attractive and sturdy

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Vintage 1950's Marx The Presidents of The United States w/ Stand COMPLETE
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Vintage 1950's Marx The Presidents of The United States w/ Stand COMPLETE
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VINTAGE MARX PIONEER #49 CHILDS RIDE ON PLASTIC TOY TRAIN
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Vintage Marx Gang Busters Tin Litho Wind-Up Police Car
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Vintage Marx Gang Busters Tin Litho Wind-Up Police Car
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MARX TOY & TRAIN LOT
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Est: $100- $300
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VINTAGE MARX TIN LITHO FARM TOY SET INC. 3 BARNS AND 2 SILOS
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Est: $0- $0
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Marx Classics car in original box
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Marx Classics car in original box
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Est: $50- $200
$251 Bid
MARX & UNIQUE ART TRAIN LOT
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MARX & UNIQUE ART TRAIN LOT
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Est: $200- $300
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Marx Honeymoon Express Tin Litho Wind-Up Train Set
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Marx Honeymoon Express Tin Litho Wind-Up Train Set
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LARGE MARX TRAIN LOT
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE MARX TRAIN LOT
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Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
LARGE MARX TOY TRAIN LOT
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LARGE MARX TOY TRAIN LOT
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Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Marx, The Meteor 4-unit Diesel Freight Track
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Marx, The Meteor 4-unit Diesel Freight Track
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
MARX TRAIN ACCESSORIES LOT
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MARX TRAIN ACCESSORIES LOT
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
MARX TRAIN ACCESSORY LOT
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MARX TRAIN ACCESSORY LOT
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Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
3- MARX TRAIN SETS w/ BOXES
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
3- MARX TRAIN SETS w/ BOXES
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Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
LARGE MARX TOY TRAIN LOT
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE MARX TOY TRAIN LOT
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
LARGE MARX TOY TRAIN LOT
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE MARX TOY TRAIN LOT
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
MARX and MISC. TRAIN ITEMS
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MARX and MISC. TRAIN ITEMS
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Est: $80- $150
$400 Bids
MARX MERCURY STREAMLINE TRAIN w/ BOX
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MARX MERCURY STREAMLINE TRAIN w/ BOX
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
MARX TRAIN LOT, 799 & 802 SWITCHER ENGINES & MORE
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MARX TRAIN LOT, 799 & 802 SWITCHER ENGINES & MORE
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Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
MARX 1095 AB UNITS & 3 PASSENGER CARS
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MARX 1095 AB UNITS & 3 PASSENGER CARS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
MARX STREAMLINE UNION PACIFIC TRAIN
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MARX STREAMLINE UNION PACIFIC TRAIN
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Group of Marx trains, track, Barclay soldiers and more.
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Marx trains, track, Barclay soldiers and more.
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
LARGE MARX TOY TRAIN LOT
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE MARX TOY TRAIN LOT
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Marx Model Railroads & Trains


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