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German lithographed tin train set in original box, by Märklin, circa 1930.

German lithographed tin train set in original box, by Märklin, circa 1930.

THE FIRST TOY STEAM TRAIN  Chosen by Hilary Kay, antiques consultant  A 1904 Marklin toy catalogue included an engraving of a new steam-powered toy engine. It was every little boy's dream but we don't know if it was ever made.  The steam engine was an expensive toy, costing a week's salary for a labourer at 14 shillings.

THE FIRST TOY STEAM TRAIN Chosen by Hilary Kay, antiques consultant A 1904 Marklin toy catalogue included an engraving of a new steam-powered toy engine. It was every little boy's dream but we don't know if it was ever made. The steam engine was an expensive toy, costing a week's salary for a labourer at 14 shillings.

Bing 0 gauge locomotive, turntable and engine shed.

Bing 0 gauge locomotive, turntable and engine shed.

Train Sets (Marklin pictured here) Fun for children and "big kids" too ;)

Train Sets (Marklin pictured here) Fun for children and "big kids" too ;)

Marklin Large Arched Bridge, ca. 1880-1900  Rock & Graner Pedestrian Bridge, 1902  From the Collection of Jerry and Nina Greene

Marklin Large Arched Bridge, ca. 1880-1900 Rock & Graner Pedestrian Bridge, 1902 From the Collection of Jerry and Nina Greene

Märklin Catalogus 1932

Märklin Catalogus 1932

German tin train with accessories marked Märklin (caboose and green car) and Gebrüder Bing (red and coal cars). Early 20th century.

German tin train with accessories marked Märklin (caboose and green car) and Gebrüder Bing (red and coal cars). Early 20th century.

German lithographed tin train station and accessories attributed to Gebrüder Bing, circa 1920.

German lithographed tin train station and accessories attributed to Gebrüder Bing, circa 1920.

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