Looking for Information on Marx Train Guides

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Looking for Information on Marx Train Guides
Posted by Papa_D on Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:16 AM

 Do any of you folks out there have a recommendation on what the best guide for Marx trains and accessories is? In particular I’m primarily interested in lithographed rolling stock and accessories. Looking on-line I find the following guides available:

Greenberg’s Guide to Marx Trains (1978)

Greenberg’s Guide to Marx Trains, Vol 1 (1989)

Greenberg’s Guide to Marx Trains, Vol 2 (1990)

Greenberg’s Guide to Marx Trains by Matzke (1985)

While all are readily available, there is scant description of their content. I already have the most recent edition of the Greenberg price guide. I’m more interested in descriptions and photos than current value. So once again, any suggestion on which one best matches what I’m looking for?

Thanks

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Posted by sir james I on Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:21 AM

If you want the most info you would need all the Greenburg guides including the set guide. They kinda toss in a little of everything in each so you we had to buy all of them I have 3. (not for sale)

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Posted by Papa_D on Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:31 AM

Thanks Sir James for the quick reply. I was hoping that wasn't the case since the approximate price for each guide is $75. I have a $100 Amazon gift card I recently received for my 69th birthday so I guess I'll start with Vol 1 and go from there.

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Posted by sir james I on Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:42 AM

The set guide gives you a good overview and pic's of Marx trains but only list the contents of each set.> If your gonna be a Marx fan the books are really nice to have.

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Posted by Papa_D on Thursday, January 04, 2018 1:20 PM

Update: I’ve bought Greenberg’s Guide to Marx Trains, Vol 1 (1989) and Greenberg’s Guide to Marx Trains, Vol 2 (1990). As Sir James I pointed out, information is spread out in the 3 volume set (I don’t have Vol 3 which supposedly focuses on sets). Volume I has the information I was looking for on wind-up steam engines and 6-inch metal cars. Volume 2 has the information I was looking for on accessories. While not cheap, I’ve got my moneys worth of enjoyment leafing through them.

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Posted by JamesP on Thursday, January 04, 2018 6:00 PM

I would like to suggest Walt Hiteshaw's "The Definitive Guide to Marx Trains, Six-Inch Tin & Joy Line" CD.  I think it is the most thorough and complete resource available for Marx 6" lithographed train cars.  Take a look at: http://www.toyandtrainguides.com/

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Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Friday, January 05, 2018 1:09 PM

His website is fantastic, and I really enjoy the information about British Marx tin trains.

http://www.toyandtrainguides.com/marxtin.htm

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Posted by mersenne6 on Friday, January 05, 2018 6:38 PM

I'll second JamesP's recommendation. Walt's CD is outstanding.

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