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This Web Page Last Updated: November 12, 2017

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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.

Cat #DescriptionGradePhotoPriceDetails
2940 Switchman Tower E+/OB Yes $ 85
An operating Switchman Tower from 1952-58: unpainted-cream trestle and building sides plus an unpainted-brown roof, deck and stairs.
Another view.
The structure measures 8 1/2 inches high, 3 1/2 inches deep and 6 1/2 inches wide (including the stairs).
Photo looking through the window showing the track diagram and the men at work.
Has a metal track diagram inside plus two moving blue men inside activated by the train; has both track clips and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view (with the roof off) showing the mechanism.
One man was separated from his post (apparently a common problem with this accessory) and was re-glued. Minimal flaws on the tower itself -- it is clean and completely intact!
Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; tape residue; scrapes; some discoloration).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the side with the instructions.

A very interesting and uncommon accessory! This is the first 2940 Switchman Tower 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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