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Old 12-06-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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USA dating a Marx train set

I am trying to date a Louis Marx “Mar Line” electric train set. My older brothers and I used to play with it at my grandfather’s house in the mid to late 1960’s. The 2-4-2 steam locomotive is engine #999 with a New York Central tender. The loco is not tin but more of a die cast. The rolling stock is tin with 4 wheels on each truck and consists of a tank car, PRR boxcar, a gondola and caboose labeled READING. The transformer is a 50 watt. Although my internet research is showing Marx made trains during the Depression, I’m guessing this set is maybe from post-war to the 50’s. My father and grandfather are long gone and unfortunately any of my surviving family members don’t have a clue. If any one can help me shed some light on this I would appreciate it.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:49 AM   #2
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I am trying to date a Louis Marx “Mar Line” electric train set. My older brothers and I used to play with it at my grandfather’s house in the mid to late 1960’s. The 2-4-2 steam locomotive is engine #999 with a New York Central tender. The loco is not tin but more of a die cast. The rolling stock is tin with 4 wheels on each truck and consists of a tank car, PRR boxcar, a gondola and caboose labeled READING. The transformer is a 50 watt. Although my internet research is showing Marx made trains during the Depression, I’m guessing this set is maybe from post-war to the 50’s. My father and grandfather are long gone and unfortunately any of my surviving family members don’t have a clue. If any one can help me shed some light on this I would appreciate it.
I think the 999 is prewar (before WW2) and I think the 999 was the first die-cast locomotive marx made. They could have been made in other years too?

Read through here, http://www.thortrains.net/marstart.html

We have guys here that run Marx, someone should answer with more info.

A little more to read through,
http://www.ebay.com/gds/MARX-TIN-TRA...9480012/g.html

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Marx-Steamer...1234906/g.html

http://www.thortrains.net/marstart.html
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:07 PM   #3
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20140926_153020-2.jpgIs this your.set?
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:14 PM   #4
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Yep that's it!
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:29 PM   #5
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I think the 999 is prewar (before WW2) and I think the 999 was the first die-cast locomotive marx made. They could have been made in other years too?

Read through here, http://www.thortrains.net/marstart.html

We have guys here that run Marx, someone should answer with more info.

A little more to read through,
http://www.ebay.com/gds/MARX-TIN-TRA...9480012/g.html

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Marx-Steamer...1234906/g.html

http://www.thortrains.net/marstart.html

Hey thanks for the reading material-good stuff.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:43 PM   #6
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Cant help on date but the box says set no. 2500/12. Its a higer end set as the cars have scissor couplers. It also dosent like lionel switches. No date on the box. So the set may span a few years. I dont really know.
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:29 PM   #7
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Here's a link that has some identifying features of Marx 999 engines.

http://www.toyandtrainguides.com/marxtin.htm
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:40 PM   #8
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The 999 first came out in 1940 or 1941, then production resumed after WWII. I would estimate your set probably was made between 1946 and 1953. In the mid 1950s, Marx started using a lot more plastic in its cars.

The 999 was indeed Marx's first diecast locomotive.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:09 PM   #9
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Another source for 999 info. Scroll down ...

http://marxtinplatetrains.com/marx_guide_locos.htm

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Another source for 999 info. Scroll down ...

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