When Louis Marx started the Marx trains brand in 1919 with the founding of the Louis Marx and Co, he wouldn't have thought in his wildest dreams just how fashionable and well cherished his trains would become. Model railroad and train collecting has been a hobby in the American culture for more than a hundred years.
In the early part of the 20th century, collecting and organizing replica railroads became very popular. As that generation grew up, it passed on that pastime to the next generation. These model trains and their accessories have become extraordinarily valuable these days because some of those models are not produced anymore. So, collecting replica trains turned out to be more than a hobby, it also became a wise investment.
As we all know, the worth of antiques goes up as they age. This is the reason antiques are so expensive and so beautiful. A lot of people say that antiques are of higher quality than modern products. This isn't true. It is simply the case that antiques have been vetted over a passage of your time and only the most long-lasting and best quality products survive.
As time goes by, the number of antiques from a particular period decrease. This causes the worth of those antiques that still survive to continue go up. Collecting antique replica trains therefore is not just an absorbing hobby but also a shrewd investment decision. Many collectors swear by their collections. They're incredibly proud of their pastime.
It is crucial to make sure that you care for the antiques that you own. That is especially true with antiques like toy trains which have lots of moving parts. These parts have to be kept in top operational condition so the value of the antique remains intact. American Flyer and Marx trains are complex pieces of machinery and need great knowledge and care on the part of the collectors.
These trains then became collectible items and nowadays a number of the rarer trains can sell for several thousands of dollars.The Marx trains were all exceptionally distinctive as they came stamped with the 'MAR' logo. The brand itself became almost a fashion statement as it was emblazoned on sports hats and t-shirts.
Throughout the 50's the pastime of collecting model trains was in full swing. young ones would receive elaborate train sets as Christmas presents and it wasn't unheard of to spend a whole month building complex worlds filled with junctions and train tracks. The hobbyist could then pretend to be a train engineer and set his train to run from one station to another.
The replica train collecting hobby has diminished in contemporary times as the demand for these trains and their accessories has fallen. Old world trains are hard to find and can fetch a lot of money as antiques. This was and still can be a extremely fulfilling hobby and has brought joy to thousands of people worldwide.