Antique Toy Trains

A toy that almost every boy either had or wanted, toy trains have been providing hours of fun for children since the 1800's. The first toy trains were created by Marklin in Germany in 1891. The company was instrumental in starting the toy train industry as well as devising a way to differentiate the toys by their size. A naming system based on gauges 0-5 was developed and spread worldwide. Unfortunately there was some confusion about the sizing and train companies in the U.S. somehow ended up with slight variations in size, most notably Lionel's Standard gauge sizing.

VINTAGE TIN TRAIN, SANTA FE, MADE IN WESTERN GERMANY
VINTAGE TIN TRAIN, SANTA FE, MADE IN WESTERN GERMANY
$5.99
$25.00
1964 Whitman Fuzzy Wuzzy Circus Train Lacing Cards flocked cards orig box
1964 Whitman Fuzzy Wuzzy Circus Train Lacing Cards flocked cards orig box
$7.99
Vintage Spring Wind Up Toy Clockwork Metal Locomotive Tin Train
Vintage Spring Wind Up Toy Clockwork Metal Locomotive Tin Train
$2.73
MINIATURE TRAIN 5ENGINES, 3BOX CARS, 1BUS longest 2 1 4"x3 4", smallest 1 1 2"x7 8"
MINIATURE TRAIN 5ENGINES, 3BOX CARS, 1BUS longest 2 1 4"x3 4", smallest 1 1 2"x7 8"
$12.00
TIN TOYS LOT VINTAGE TOY LOT CANON SOLDIERS TRAIN BIG DIPPER CLOWN ON SCOOTER
TIN TOYS LOT VINTAGE TOY LOT CANON SOLDIERS TRAIN BIG DIPPER CLOWN ON SCOOTER
$22.00
23 Pc of 1 1 4" Wood Toy Wheels Car Train Plane Red Paint Hobby Vintage Wheel
23 Pc of 1 1 4" Wood Toy Wheels Car Train Plane Red Paint Hobby Vintage Wheel
$26.00

Lionel was one of the most instrumental toy train makers in the United States and their strongest competitor, American Flyer. Both companies further developed the Gauge system with American Flyer offering Wide gauge electric trains. American Flyer thrived during the Great Depression because they offered trains at a low price, but the company was eventually sold to A.C. Gilbert Company in 1938. Gilbert introduced S Gauge in the mid 1940's after the disappointments of Lionel's O scale, which was also being used by another manufacturer, Marx.

No matter the size or brand, toy trains have played a special part of the history of toys.