Marx Toy Train Collection


My collection started with a BIG RAIL WORK TRAIN set I received as a Christmas present in 1969 when I was six years old. I didn't get additional Marx items as a child. It was only when I reached adulthood that the collection started to grow. Because I had them as a child, big locomotives and the 8-wheel plastic rolling stock with type "G" trucks look "right" to me and my initial efforts concentrated on collecting more of these items.

Recently, I have fallen hard for the 6" tin lithographed four-wheel rolling stock and the small sheet metal locomotives. These pieces have a definite charm the larger pieces lack and look better circling my small layout than the bigger plastic pieces do.

The following tables include both original Marx pieces as well as custom Marx-based pieces. The codes in the "Set#" column are as follows:

brwt1 -- my original 1969 Big Rail Work Train set
brwt2 -- Big Rail Work Train set featuring Sound-o-Power
52875 -- #52875 "Electric Train Set by Marx"

Note on indicated dates of manufacture: The years listed in the "Comments" column of the locomotives section are derived from "Greenberg's Pocket Price Guide--Marx Trains". The years listed in the "Comments" column of the 6" tin sections are derived from Walt Hiteshew's excellent "The Definitive Guide to Marx Trains: 6-Inch Tin and Joy Line" CD which is available at Toy and Train Publishing Co.

My Collection:

Locomotives -- model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Color

Set #

Comments

1666 steam locomotive black brwt1 2-4-2; smoke; reverse; headlight; plastic
1666 steam locomotive grey brwt2 2-4-2; smoke; reverse; headlight; plastic; white walkways and numbers
666 steam locomotive black 52875 2-4-2; smoke; reverse; headlight; die-cast metal; white walkways and numbers (19551)
666 steam locomotive black
2-4-2; smoke; reverse; headlight; die-cast metal (19551)
400 steam locomotive black
0-4-0; headlight; plastic (1953-542)
490 steam locomotive black
0-4-0; plastic; reverse; headlight (1962-75)
490 steam locomotive black
0-4-0; plastic (1962-75)
490 steam locomotive black
0-4-0; plastic; runs well but shell is in poor condition (1962-75)
(898) steam locomotive
--custom--
black
0-4-0; painted metal; I have replaced the original (broken) wind-up motor with a reversing, lighted electric motor
(wind-up: 1940, 1946-48)
898 steam locomotive black
0-4-0; painted metal; reverse; headlight; replacement side-marker lights (1946-52)
(635) steam locomotive black
MERCURY; 0-4-0; painted metal; wind-up; bell; brass nameplate; replacement handrails & stack (1938-403)
(597) steam locomotive black
COMMODORE VANDERBILT; 0-4-0; painted metal; reverse; headlight; brass nameplates; visor over headlight; open stack (1934-52)
(597)
before after
steam locomotive
--custom--
red/black
COMMODORE VANDERBILT; 0-4-0; painted metal; pre-war motor; reverse; headlight; replacement handrails & nameplates; renovated/custom paint (1934-52)
(494/451/3000) steam locomotive black/silver/red
0-4-0; painted metal; reverse; headlight
(494/451/3000) steam locomotive
--custom--
black/silver
0-4-0; painted metal; re-painted but lacking decals; transplanted reversing, lighted motor; photo doesn't show replacement side-marker lights
50 electric
--custom--
red/black/cream
electric-profile locomotive; home-made FauxToys-style wrap; non-reversing electric motor
(no number) trolley
--custom--
yellow/red
this is a plastic Dinkyville Trolley body into which a previous owner had installed a Marx non-reversing motor
I am looking for an electric MERCURY.

1 Montgomery-Ward Christmas catalogs included #666 in 1955, 1957-1958, & 1960.
2 Montgomery-Ward Christmas catalogs included electric #400 in 1953, 1955-1958, & 1960.
3 Montgomery-Ward Christmas catalogs included mechanical whistling MERCURY in 1950.
Source: "The Toy Train Department, Volume 2"

Tenders -- plastic with eight wheels; tilt couplers unless otherwise noted; model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Road Name

Color

Set #

Truck Style

Comments

(961) Penn Central black brwt1 type g
(961) Santa Fe grey brwt2 type g Sound-o-Power (listen)
(961) Union Pacific black 52875 type g

Tenders -- 6" tin-lithograph with four wheels; tab-and-slot couplers and square-end black frames unless otherwise noted; model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Road Name

Color

Comments

(951A) New York Central black "wedge" tender; glossy black; Marlines logo; round-end frame
(1940-60)
(951A) New York Central black "wedge" tender; matte black; Marlines logo; square-end frame; this is probably a custom since wedge tenders came on round-end frames
551 New York Central black coal and water tank details; I've replaced the original knuckle coupler with a tab-and-slot (1954-1955)
(551) New York Central black oil tender; rivets; riveted couplers; white details have yellowed (1937)
(551) New York Central black oil tender; gray stripe; sliding couplers (1950-52)
(551) New York Central black oil tender; silver stripe; riveted couplers (1950-52)
(551) New York Central black oil tender; gold stripe; riveted couplers; the gold is probably a result of yellowed overvarnish (1950-52)
(451A) Pennysylvania black tapered tender; round-end frame (1940-41)
I would like to find a red #551 tender.

Passenger Cars -- 6" tin-lithograph with four wheels, tab-and-slot couplers, and square-end black frames; model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Car Name

Color

Comments

(557) Pullman coach "Montclair" red;
black frame
plain windows; riveted couplers (1946-52)
(557) Pullman coach "Bogota" red;
black frame
outlined windows; riveted couplers (1939-42)
1403 baggage car
--custom--
"Baggage" red/black;
black frame
FauxToys Railroad Wrap conversion of a Bogota coach; riveted couplers
(no number) observation
--custom--
"Nantucket" red;
black frame
FauxToys Railroad Wrap conversion of a #556 caboose; riveted coupler
I would like to get a Bogota, Montclair, and observation car on square-end red-litho frames.

Freight Cars: Plastic with Eight Wheels
3/16" Scale Tin-Lithograph
6" Tin: Round-End Frames | Square-End Red-Litho Frames | Square-End Black Frames

Freight Cars -- plastic with eight wheels; tilt couplers unless otherwise noted; model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Road Name

Color

Set #

Truck Style1

Comments

18326 caboose Penn Central green brwt1 type g
(no number) caboose Santa Fe red brwt2 type g
18326 caboose New York Central red
type f
18326 caboose New York Central black/white/green
type g tri-color scheme
3900 caboose Union Pacific yellow/black 52875 type g
467110 boxcar Baltimore & Ohio red brwt1 type g
467110 boxcar Baltimore & Ohio orange
type g
467110 boxcar Baltimore & Ohio blue
type g
34178 boxcar Great Northern green brwt2 type g
43461 boxcar Southern Pacific white
type g "Pacific Fruit Express PFE"
43461 boxcar Southern Pacific white 52875 type g "Pacific Fruit Express PFE"
3280 boxcar AT&SF orange
type g "Santa Fe All the Way"
13975 stock car AT&SF brown
type f
51100 auto-carrier Southern maroon/grey 52875 type g with original cars: one yellow, two blue, & one silver
(no number) log dump car Erie black brwt1 type g mechanical dump
4528 flat car Erie black
type g
(no number) flat car Erie black
type f
5532 gondola Allstate blue
type g
347100 gondola Pennsylvania grey
type g
347100 gondola Pennsylvania red
type g
51170 gondola Erie blue
type g reproduction ends
51170 gondola Erie blue 52875 type g
284 tank car UTLX silver
type f
9553 tank car
green
type g "Allstate Motor Oil"
2532 tank car CSOX green
type f "Cities Service"
2532 tank car CSOX green
type g "Cities Service"
X246 tank car
white
type g "Chemical Rocket Fuel"
1 See Guide to Rolling Stock Trucks for more information about truck styles

Freight Cars -- 3/16" scale tin-lithograph; model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Road Name

Color

Truck Style1

Comments

44572 gondola Chesapeake & Ohio black type d
254000 gondola Baltimore & Ohio grey type b
3550 wrecker crane New York Central grey type b
1 See Guide to Rolling Stock Trucks for more information about truck styles

Freight Cars -- 6" tin with four wheels, riveted tab-and-slot couplers, and round-end frames;
model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Road Name

Color

Comments

694 caboose New York Central red/black;
black frame
two riveted couplers (1936-37)
553 tank Santa Fe yellow/black;
black frame
"Middle States Oil"; riveted tab-and-slot couplers; replacement wheels & axles (1936-37)
(no number) flat car
--custom--
(none) red frame re-paint; this was probably the frame from a 951 wedge tender; shown with Dimestore Dreams X-100 spaceship load
(no number) flat car
--custom--
(none) black frame frame from a 951 wedge tender

Freight Cars -- 6" tin with four wheels, riveted tab-and-slot couplers, and square-end red litho frames; model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Road Name

Color

Comments

556 caboose New York Central red/cream slot under doors (1937-38)
552 gondola Rock Island green/red;
red trim
"C.R.I. & P."; early cut ends; shown with non-original coal load (1937-38)
552 gondola Rock Island green/red;
black trim
"C.R.I. & P."; early cut ends (1937-38)
554 hopper Northern Pacific dark blue/red "General Coal Co." (1937-38)
553 tank Santa Fe silver "Middle States Oil; tinned dome and bullet ends
(1937-38)
555 refrigerator Colorado & Southern yellow/blue blue door rails; missing one door (1937-38)
(no number) flat car
--custom--
(none)
this car was purchased this way, lacking a body; it makes a pretty flat car (1937-38)

Freight Cars -- 6" tin with four wheels and square-end black frames; tab-and-slot couplers unless otherwise noted; model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Road Name

Color

Comments

20102 caboose New York Central red/cream;
black frame
sliding couplers; solid wheels might be replacements (1953-1972)
20102 caboose New York Central red/cream;
black frame
riveted couplers; frame is replacement (1953-1972)
556 caboose New York Central red/cream;
black frame
riveted couplers; no logo on side; slot under doors; this car currently sports a "Faux Toys" PRR wrap photo (1937-42)
556 caboose New York Central red/cream;
black frame
riveted couplers; no logo on side (1937-42)
556 caboose New York Central red/cream;
black frame
riveted couplers; logo on side (1937-42)
567 side dump New York Central yellow/brown;
black frame
copper deck; riveted couplers (1939-52)
567 side dump New York Central yellow/brown
black frame
copper deck; plastic wheels; sliding couplers (1939-52)
738701 hi-side
gondola
Pennsylvania red;
black frame
shown with non-original coal load; this car currently sports a "Faux Toys" C&O covered hopper wrap photo (1950-55)
552 gondola Rock Island green/red;
black frame
"C.R.I. & P."; rolled ends; sliding couplers; shown with non-original load: three wooden oil barrels & paper insert (1938, 1940-42)
552
before after
gondola
--custom--
Rock Island green/red;
black frame
rolled ends; riveted couplers; previous owner removed "Rock Island" & "C.R.I. & P" lettering; renovated using a "Faux Toys"-type process
(1937-1942)
552 gondola Rock Island dark green;
blue trim;
black frame
"C.R.I. & P."; rolled ends; riveted couplers; shown with non-original load: three wooden oil barrels & paper insert (1946-52)
552 gondola Rock Island light green
blue trim;
black frame
"C.R.I. & P."; rolled ends; riveted couplers; shown with non-original home-made coal load (1946-52)
552 gondola Rock Island green/blue;
black frame
"C.R.I. & P."; rolled ends; riveted couplers; poorly stamped sideframes; shown with non-original home-made coal load (1946-52)
552 gondola Rock Island green/blue;
black frame
"C.R.I. & P."; rolled ends; riveted couplers; shown with non-original home-made coal load (1946-52)
241708 gondola Baltimore & Ohio yellow/red;
black frame
rolled ends; sliding couplers; metal wheels might be replacements; shown with non-original load: oil barrel (1953-1972)
241708 gondola Baltimore & Ohio yellow/red;
black frame
rolled ends; plastic wheels; sliding couplers; shown with non-original home-made coal load (1953-72)
241708 gondola Baltimore & Ohio yellow/grey;
black frame
rolled ends; plastic wheels; sliding couplers
(1953-72)
91257 gondola Seaboard red/black;
black frame
rolled ends; plastic wheels; sliding couplers
(1958-72)
554A hopper Northern Pacific blue/red;
black frame
"General Coal Co."; plastic wheels might be replacements; riveted couplers; shown with non-original coal load (1937-42)
554A hopper Northern Pacific blue/red;
black frame
"General Coal Co."; riveted couplers (1937-42)
554 hopper Northern Pacific red/yellow;
black frame
"General Coal Co."; plastic wheels; sliding couplers (1946-55)
553 tank Santa Fe silver;
black frame
"Middle States Oil"; riveted couplers; tinned flat ends & dome (1939-52)
553 tank UTLX gold;
black frame
"Union Tank Car Co."; riveted couplers; this is probably a custom since this car shouldn't have come with riveted couplers
19847 tank S.D.R.X black
black frame
"Sinclair"; sliding couplers (1955-57)
37965 boxcar Pennsylvania red/grey;
black frame
"Merchandise Service"; plastic wheels; sliding couplers (1954-55)
384299 boxcar Baltimore & Ohio blue;
black frame
opening doors; riveted couplers; black door guides; rough (1939-42)
384299 boxcar Baltimore & Ohio blue;
black frame
opening doors; riveted couplers; black door guides (1939-42)
59 stock car Union Pacific brown;
black frame
opening doors; riveted couplers; red door guides (1939-52)
555 refrigerator Colorado & Southern yellow/blue;
black frame
opening doors; riveted couplers; blue door guides (1937-1952)
(663A) pole car
black;
black frame
original clamp & springs; I'm told the poles are original (1937-1952)
(561A) spotlight car
red;
black frame
metal spotlight housing; missing lens (1938-1950)
550 wrecker crane New York Central red boom
orange cab
red deck
black frame
riveted couplers; replacement string & home-made hook (1939-52)
(no number) gondola
--custom--
New York Central red;
black frame
maintenance of way gondola; home-made to accompany #550 crane; this can also serve as a wheel car
(no number) tank
--custom--

red;
black frame
maintenance of way tank; replaced sliding couplers with riveted
(no number)
before
crane tender
--custom--
New York Central ???? undergoing renovation/customization; will make custom wrap for application after cutting, painting, and reassembly
(572A) airplane flat car
black this car was found hiding under a #20102 caboose body. (1939-42)
(no number) flat car
--custom--

black/brass this is the frame and deck from a #567 side-dump car; plastic wheels
(no number) flat car
--custom--

black shown with tin-litho boat load & vintage plastic tractor of unknown provenance; I have several such flats made from otherwise un-restorable cars
(no number) flat car
--custom--

red custom 2003 Christmas car by Wayne Beachy with new-Marxtrains flat car and Schilling tin truck ornament load
12612 gondola
--custom--
NCPX white;
red frame
"North Pole Candy Co." 2002 custom Christmas gondola by Wayne Beachy at RapidRail

Structures and Trackside Accessories -- model numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Color

Set #

Comments

(number?) six-piece railroad people set cream
plastic; unpainted; these were purchased recently, but I am fairly sure that these are the same people that came with my 1969 Big Rail Work Train set
151 34 Piece Railroad and Village Construction Set

printed cardboard tab-and-slot buildings; I have two sets: a complete one and a partial one; this item was printed by Jaymar (220 5th Ave, NY) around 1950 and was included with many 4-wheel plastic sets. Research indicates that this item was also packaged with a wind-up set (plastic loco, 6"-tin rolling stock) offered by Montgomery-Wards in 1955.
Photos: Shops, sides 1 & 2 | sides 3 & 4 | Firehouse
(2959/2960) Girard Station

tin lithograph; whistles (listen)
(2959/2960) Girard Station

tin lithograph; whistles; installed on layout
(number?) Union Station

tin lithograph; battery-operated whistle functions but button is missing internal parts; missing plastic platform roof
(6104) station platform brown, black, and silver brwt1 plastic
(number?) girder bridge silver
metal; "Illinois Central"; 18"
(number?) truss bridge blue
metal; "Great Northern"; 12"
(412?) derrick loader

metal; hook & string not original; missing under-rail pieces; installed on layout
(413a) switchman's tower

metal; lighted
(1440)
closed open
operating crossing shanty

metal & plastic; lighted
(438) operating crossing gate black & white
metal; I have two; installed on layout
(317) manual crossing gate black & white
metal
(409) twin light crossing flasher red & black
"Caution High Speed Trains"; metal; installed on layout
(406) crossing signal red, black, & cream
single-lamp; installed on layout
(number?) crossbuck sign black & white
metal; I have two
(314) crossing sign red
"Caution High Speed Trains"; metal
(311) semaphore green, red, & black
manual operation; metal; this appears to be missing a piece; (see here for what I think is a complete 311; photo found on eBay)
(number?) block signal red & black

(405) block signal black & silver

(number?) rotating beacon tower black
plastic; reproduction beacon head
(no number) newspaper stand silver brwt1 plastic
(0605) dead-end bumper black
plastic; lighted; installed on layout
(0605) dead-end bumper cream brwt1 plastic; not lighted
(0605) dead-end bumper grey
plastic; not lighted
(061) telephone poles black/brown brwt1/brwt2 plastic; I have numerous
(72) gooseneck lamp post grey
plastic; I have two; installed on layout
(74) lamp post grey
plastic; I have two; installed on layout
(390) tunnel

tin lithograph; farm scene
(number?) log dump trigger
brwt1
I would like to get a #1614 dump unit.

Track -- numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Item

Set #

Comments

(1590) right-hand remote switch
metal; black base & motor housing; I have two--both are on layout
(1585) remote switch control panel

(608) right-hand manual switch
metal; black base; I have several; two are on the layout
(609) left-hand manual switch
metal; black base; I have two
(608) right-hand manual switch
metal; silver base
(609) left-hand manual switch
metal; silver base
(640) right-hand manual switch brwt1/brwt2 plastic
(1624) remote uncoupling track brwt1/brwt2/52875 ramp-style; I have four on the layout

Transformers -- numbers in parentheses do not appear on piece

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Model Number

Power Rating

Set

Comments

1239 50 watts brwt2 built-in circuit-breaker; installed on layout to provide power to accessories
1209 50 watts 52875
309 25 watts
rusty; test-bench power supply