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 New Silver Mountain 4230 Train Silver With Conductor Tin
Vintage New Silver Mountain 4230 Train Silver With Conductor Tin
$9.98
Vintage Fisher Price TOOT-TOOT TRAIN Pull Toy ? Litho Wooden #643 1964 USA
Vintage Fisher Price TOOT-TOOT TRAIN Pull Toy ? Litho Wooden #643 1964 USA
$9.00
Vintage Train Metal Cast Iron Mini Small Colroful Japan Tiny Hooks Some Broken
Vintage Train Metal Cast Iron Mini Small Colroful Japan Tiny Hooks Some Broken
$20.00
Vintage Tin Puff Puff Loco Battery Operated Train Pivits Lights Sound With Box
Vintage Tin Puff Puff Loco Battery Operated Train Pivits Lights Sound With Box
$19.99
Vintage Playskool Wood Train 4 Colored Connecting Cars Pull Toy Preowned
Vintage Playskool Wood Train 4 Colored Connecting Cars Pull Toy Preowned
$7.99
Vintage 1950s MAR Made in United States of America Train & Pictorial Layout
Vintage 1950s MAR Made in United States of America Train & Pictorial Layout
$65.00

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.