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 Plastic Train With Carriage Sanchis Toys Espana
Vintage Plastic Train With Carriage Sanchis Toys Espana
$24.00
Marx Western Playset Gray Tepee w rare smoking chief Gunsmoke. Wagon Train
Marx Western Playset Gray Tepee w rare smoking chief Gunsmoke. Wagon Train
$24.77
Vintage Silver Choo Choo Train Tin Toy
Vintage Silver Choo Choo Train Tin Toy
$10.00
Vintage Trademark Toy Train 1970's Sprit of 76
Vintage Trademark Toy Train 1970's Sprit of 76
$10.00
Tiny Antique Tin Toy Train Locomotive & Tender 2  3 8" Cracker Jack Prize 1920s
Tiny Antique Tin Toy Train Locomotive & Tender 2 3 8" Cracker Jack Prize 1920s
$35.00
AMAZING VINTAGE 60'S ME 684 LOCO TIN TRAIN BATTERY LITHO CHINA WORKING NEW NOS !
AMAZING VINTAGE 60'S ME 684 LOCO TIN TRAIN BATTERY LITHO CHINA WORKING NEW NOS !
$349.99

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.