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Model Trains & Railroads - General

The first model trains were made in Germany in the 1830s. These models were manufactured similarly to toy soldiers, made by pouring molten brass or tin into a mold. The trains had rolling wheels and could be pushed along a toy track. French toymakers joined the Germans in making model trains, developing very elaborate models. Musical instrument manufacturers made self-propelled model trains that were powered by clockworks.

In America, the first model train was made by Mathias Baldwin of the Baltimore Locomotive Works in the 1830s. Other toymakers followed suit. In 1856, George Brown and Co. of Connecticut made the first American self-propelled model train, which used clockworks. Model trains grew in popularity in America after the Civil War. These trains were more durable, realistic, and affordable than European model trains.

In the 1890s, the first electric train set was invented by German toy maker Theodore Marklin. He also created the first sectional track and figure eight layout. These improvements to model trains caught on quickly in America. Model trains were widely popular until the late '50s, when public interest switched from trains to cars. In the '90s, however, model trains enjoyed a resurgence in popularity as the television show "Thomas the Tank Engine" helped to renew interest among both children and adults.

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Weaver Maine Central USRA Light Pacific Loco no. 470 and Tender MINT
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Weaver Maine Central USRA Light Pacific Loco no. 470 and Tender MINT
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $200
$1809 Bids
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Est: $0- $0
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Weave Gold Edition 3-Rail 1352LP Maine Central U25B Diesel Factory Sealed Boxed
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by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $150
$704 Bids
Weaver 3-Rail Freight Cars 3-U170035SD U21907LD 1128 U3119 U31013 MINT Boxed
May 31, 10:00 AM EDT
Weaver 3-Rail Freight Cars 3-U170035SD U21907LD 1128 U3119 U31013 MINT Boxed
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
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Weaver 3-Rail U7582-LD Maine Central GP38-2 Powered/Dummy Diesel Units LIKE NEW
May 31, 10:00 AM EDT
Weaver 3-Rail U7582-LD Maine Central GP38-2 Powered/Dummy Diesel Units LIKE NEW
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $200
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Weaver 3-Rail U7579-LD Boston & Maine GP38-5 Diesel Loco LIKE NEW Boxed
May 31, 10:00 AM EDT
Weaver 3-Rail U7579-LD Boston & Maine GP38-5 Diesel Loco LIKE NEW Boxed
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $150
$602 Bids
John Deere HO Scale Rolling Stock Train Set
Jun 10, 5:00 PM EDT
John Deere HO Scale Rolling Stock Train Set
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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Jun 02, 6:30 PM EDT
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by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $50
$101 Bid
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Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
LGB, grouping of various length train track incl. 300mm, #1100 and other.
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
USA Trains, R-1648 Dole Fruit Grower Express Refrigerator box car w/orig. box.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
USA Trains, R-1648 Dole Fruit Grower Express Refrigerator box car w/orig. box.
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Large Lot of Vintage Railroad Engines, Cars, Track And Many Other Items
Jun 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Vintage Railroad Engines, Cars, Track And Many Other Items
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Vintage Pre-War Battery Operated Tin Lamp Post Light Train Accessory w/ White Globe Light
Jun 10, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Pre-War Battery Operated Tin Lamp Post Light Train Accessory w/ White Globe Light
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Mamod Steam Engine Tractor Roller
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Mamod Steam Engine Tractor Roller
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
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RAIL KING (O GAUGE):
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
RAIL KING (O GAUGE):
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
RAIL KING (O GAUGE):
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
Ives orange/black 3261, 133, 133, 134, No. 1117 steam, No. 60 LVE and two tenders
Jun 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Ives orange/black 3261, 133, 133, 134, No. 1117 steam, No. 60 LVE and two tenders
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $200
$101 Bid
Early Carlisle and Finch No. 4 steam locomotive and tender with orange passenger car
Jun 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Carlisle and Finch No. 4 steam locomotive and tender with orange passenger car
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $900
$101 Bid
RAILROAD RAIL
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
RAILROAD RAIL
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Mixed Lot of Small Trains-Made in England
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Mixed Lot of Small Trains-Made in England
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $50- $75
$251 Bid
K-LINE (O GAUGE):
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
K-LINE (O GAUGE):
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
DEPARTMENT 56:
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
DEPARTMENT 56:
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
Unique Art #1951 train set in original set box
Jun 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Unique Art #1951 train set in original set box
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $20- $250
$101 Bid
A W DRAKE CO FENCE:
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
A W DRAKE CO FENCE:
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
Weaver Green GN no. 2543 Red GN no. 39849 Single Door Boxcars LIKE NEW
May 31, 10:00 AM EDT
Weaver Green GN no. 2543 Red GN no. 39849 Single Door Boxcars LIKE NEW
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $50
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