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This Web Page Last Updated: November 21, 2021

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This page contains our current inventory of all Marx toys, trains, and accessories. It includes items manufactured and sold throughout all eras.

* * * Click on "Yes" in the Photo column to see a picture.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 3rd column heading for an explanation of grading.

Marx
Cat #DescriptionGradePhotoPriceDetails
438 Automatic
Crossing Gate
E+++/OB Yes $ 40 A sharp, all-metal crossing gate from 1952: version with black flat-fluted, stepped size-reducing pole. Measures 8 inches high with gate in the "up" position.
Close-up of the crossing gate.
Very, very clean and it works perfectly! Has both the original rail clip and the original track connector!
Photo of the back of the crossing gate.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy --plus the instructions are clearly visible.
Photo of the instructions on the back of the box.

Nicest 438 Crossing Gate we have ever had! If you like good-looking, older Marx pieces, consider this accessory.
1404 "Five-Light Position Type"
Block Signal
E++/OB Yes $ 95 A black-plastic "Five-Light Position Type" Block Signal -- probably from around 1952. It is 8 3/4 inches high and has a chrome ladder plus five amber lenses. The train will determine which lights will be lit -- either "PROCEED" by 3 lights illuminated in a vertical pattern or "STOP" by 3 lights illuminated in a horizontal pattern.
Two views of the signal.
The ladder is tarnished and that's it for flaws! It is completely intact and very clean! Has the original lockon and the signal works perfectly!

Grade 5 original box (missing all the flaps on one end; tears; creases; distorted; "period" price stamping).
Photo of the box.
Not a wonderful box but what's there has the all-important directions. Note that the rail clip is missing; however, that can be overcome easily by the use of insulated rail.
Photo of the box side with the instructions.

A very uncommon signal! It is interesting, very realistic and a fantastic layout piece. Only the second 1404 black-plastic Block Signal we have ever had for sale!

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Louis Marx formed his own corporation (Louis Marx & Company, Inc.) in 1919 and began producing toys. Eventually the company became the largest toy manufacturer in the world. It was not until the early 1930's that Marx became a major player in the model train business. Although Marx competed with Lionel, Marx clearly had the inexpensive share of the market.

Just like Plasticville, many of the Marx accessories were often bought to be used with a layout dominated with Lionel equipment. Hence, many operators grew up knowing the Marx name both for toys and trains. Marx produced many metal accessories that were brightly lithographed. Many were illuminated and many had a simple operation to perform. The signals and light towers usually came in black, red, green, or chrome.

Capture the enjoyment of the 40's and 50's -- add the fascinating Marx signals and accessories that will complement your Lionel layout nicely. Show contrast to your existing collection with an item from a Lionel competitor -- buy a complete Marx set.

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