Marx Collectors Club

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Marx Collectors Club
Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:47 AM

  Just wondering if there was a club or society for Marx Trains?

Have some Marx fun today.

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Posted by steveo on Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:56 PM

This is mostly an Lionel and AF group, I think there's a Yahoo Marx group.

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:19 PM

  Thank-you for the reply.I will have to check that out.

 

  Yes, I have noticed that the magazine and this site are mostly AF and Lionel.With Marx no longer in business it makes it harder to talk about as there is no new produce to talk about.The new tin Marx is now out of business and there has been no plastic Marx since the 70s

  I like Lionel but I still enjoy the Marx stuff as well.My first O gauge train set from the mid 60s was a Marx.Still have it and it runs great even with the abuse I put it through as a child.Smile

 

Have some Marx fun today.

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Posted by AF53 on Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:12 PM

Even tho there are more AMERICAN FLYER and Lionel posts here, every now and then Marx does come up. My Marx Wells Fargo still runs after 50 years of use (abuse)!

Ray

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:22 PM

AF53

Even tho there are more AMERICAN FLYER and Lionel posts here, every now and then Marx does come up. My Marx Wells Fargo still runs after 50 years of use (abuse)!

Ray

  Yes those old Marx trains were pretty tough costomers,Ray.SmileHow fast did you have to get yours to go before it went off the track on a cornor?How far woud it go after leaving the track, after getting it up to full speed on all your straight track?Ah those were the days.Smile

 

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Posted by vsmith on Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:10 PM

 

There are a few Marx fans here Big Smile

   Have fun with your trains

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Posted by wallyworld on Monday, January 03, 2011 8:08 AM

vsmith

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/vsmith/Old%20School%20Layout%2005.JPG

 

There are a few Marx fans here Big Smile

Count me in. The colorful lithography, their bulletproof elegantly simple mechanisms, their affordability have placed my Williams,MTH, and K Line equipment on the shelves, and has led to the slow replacement of "realistic" structures with the Marx gate crossing, freight house, Girard station etc. There is a charm to Marx , yes, a classic factor that new equipment lacks. I think the learning process is as interesting as the trains themselves, and unfortunately, although this magazine is titled classic trains, you can count the Marx articles on one hand, which is simply the way it is and no criticism intended. Another option is to join the TCA. Look up Marxtin on the web.. a great site...Robert Grossman has many repair parts...

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.

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Posted by wallyworld on Monday, January 03, 2011 8:10 AM

vsmith

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/vsmith/Old%20School%20Layout%2005.JPG

 

There are a few Marx fans here Big Smile

Count me in. The colorful lithography, their bulletproof elegantly simple mechanisms, their affordability have placed my Williams,MTH, and K Line equipment on the shelves, and has led to the slow replacement of "realistic" structures with the Marx gate crossing, freight house, Girard station etc. There is a charm to Marx , yes, a classic factor that new equipment lacks. I think the learning process is as interesting as the trains themselves, and unfortunately, although this magazine is titled classic trains, you can count the Marx articles on one hand, which is simply the way it is and no criticism intended. Another option is to join the TCA. Look up Marxtin on the web.. a great site...Robert Grossman has many repair parts...even the later production is a lot of fun..to collect, What you cannot see in the photo below is the fun of mixing things up..for example the B unit on the RI diesel has been fitted with a MTH knuckle coupler and is a pulling a long string of K line passenger equipment while the 333 is pulling an equally long string of six inch tin cars..all this has reinvigorated my waning interest n the hobby.The S gauge size of a great deal of Marx equipment that runs on O track is another interesting aspect of this.

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.

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Posted by dsmith on Monday, January 03, 2011 9:12 AM

Here is a link to the most active Yahoo Group that deals with Marx Trains:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarxTrain/

Here are other yahoo Groups about Marx Trains:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cv_joint/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Marx_traders/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarxTrain-neatstuff/

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Posted by AF53 on Monday, January 03, 2011 8:29 PM

As I remember I never could have the engine run at full speed! You're right they are the fastest next to American Flyer clockwork. Maybe Marx could have adopted the banked track like my clockwork track! Oh well, too late! lol

Ray

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Posted by baberuth73 on Monday, January 03, 2011 8:50 PM

Count me as a Marx fan, too. I have a few Lionel pieces but no AF (never saw any of it when I was a kid so I never developed an interest in it).

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Posted by LL675 on Monday, January 03, 2011 9:05 PM

Marx fan here! I work in a Litho plant, and I really appreciate the Marx Litho work. Been picking up what I can here and there. The Yahoo Group is good. lots of info, and a buy/sell section.

I think there was a Marx Collectors grop, but I'm pretty sure it died with the new Marx.

Dave

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Posted by balidas on Monday, January 03, 2011 9:58 PM

I just joined the Marx yahoo group and within a couple of days, my inbox was inundated with about a half a million messages! Those guys are active!

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:05 PM

  Thanks for all the replys.Nice to see there are some other Marx fans around as well.

Have some Marx fun today.

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Posted by baberuth73 on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:03 PM

You may not hear much out of us but we're always around lurking in the shadows of the toy train world.

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Posted by cpsteamer on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 10:19 PM

Set your preferences to "Digest" and you'll only receive a couple a day which will contain all new posts.

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Posted by cpsteamer on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 10:22 PM

My previous post was in reply to this

"I just joined the Marx yahoo group and within a couple of days, my inbox was inundated with about a half a million messages! Those guys are active!"

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 7:54 AM

AF53

As I remember I never could have the engine run at full speed! You're right they are the fastest next to American Flyer clockwork. Maybe Marx could have adopted the banked track like my clockwork track! Oh well, too late! lol

Ray

  Yes, they are fast.Mine would never stay on the cornors at high speed either.Use to run the throttle at full on the traights then throttle back on the curves.Was fun to see how long I could run at full on the straight before I cut back for the cornor and still have the train stay on the tracks.SmileAh the joys of being a boy.Smile

Have some Marx fun today.

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 7:56 AM

baberuth73

You may not hear much out of us but we're always around lurking in the shadows of the toy train world.

 

  Guess you might say that we are the small rebel faction of the Toy Train world.Smile

Have some Marx fun today.

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 7:58 AM

baberuth73

Count me as a Marx fan, too. I have a few Lionel pieces but no AF (never saw any of it when I was a kid so I never developed an interest in it).

  I like Lionel as well.As a kid I never heard of AF so like yourself I never developed an interest in it either.

 

Have some Marx fun today.

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 8:00 AM

cpsteamer

Set your preferences to "Digest" and you'll only receive a couple a day which will contain all new posts.

 Thanks for the advice,cpsteamer.Have to get to the site and join up.Just not enough time in the day to get everything done.Smile

Have some Marx fun today.

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Posted by cnw1995 on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 8:31 AM

You can also choose to just read the postings online by choosing 'web-only'

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Posted by marxalot on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 4:12 PM

A test.  Can't find anywhere else to try a load a test photo! If it works, yes long live Marx; if it doesn't, yes long live Marx!    

Thanks

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 6:16 PM

marxalot

A test.  Can't find anywhere else to try a load a test photo! If it works, yes long live Marx; if it doesn't, yes long live Marx!    

Thanks

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq221/jkoryta/000_0031_01.jpg

 Nice photo,thanks for posting.

Have some Marx fun today.

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Posted by balidas on Thursday, January 06, 2011 7:02 PM

cpsteamer

Set your preferences to "Digest" and you'll only receive a couple a day which will contain all new posts.

 

Much better, Thanx!

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Posted by David Barker on Saturday, January 22, 2011 9:54 AM

Although my major collection is American Flyer, I still collect a lot of Lionel, K-Line and dearly love MarX electic trains.  I run a MarX layout in my Ironton AMVETS Service Office.

Last week I picked up two 999 engines, one is Excellent the other Very Good.  Since I am TTOS the old descriptions are legalBig Smile

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Posted by Darth Santa Fe on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:13 PM

I'm not a major collector, but I've got a couple Marx trains too. The simplicity used to make them affordable somehow makes them attractive too. I've got a 999 and a Commodore Vanderbilt, as well as two sets of cars to go with them.


Fun stuff!

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Posted by thegoatroper on Saturday, May 03, 2014 1:41 PM

Yeah, there once was a Marx Trains Collectors Club in the mid 60's - Marx Trains even produced at least one car; a freight/caboose combo #1996-7363 in Denver & Rio Grande Western colors. Don't know IF this car was the only run but it's the only one I have! Must be supper rare $$$$$! I'm gon'na try and include a photo and if successful, you'll see the 'MTCC 1996' under the caboose end.

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Posted by Grizzly Adams on Monday, May 05, 2014 9:03 PM

Count me among the Marxies!  I have recently developed an interest in O gauge AF, but Marx stuff is still my main passion!  Loved it as a child, and still do.  Nothing runs like  Marx!

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