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This Web Page Last Updated: November 19, 2019

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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.

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Cat #DescriptionGradePhotoPriceDetails
425 Circuit Breaker E- Yes $ 40
A very, very unusual accessory from the '50s: a black metal circuit breaker with two lighted "SHORT CIRCUIT" lenses; a reset button and a "MARLINE" decal with "CIRCUIT BREAKER" in red on a yellow background. Measures 9 and 1/2 inches high with an oval base measuring 4 and 1/2 inches by 3 and 1/2 inches.
Photo of the original promotional tag and an "aerial" view of the circuit breaker.
Some scratches, paint chips and minor rust in spots plus the decal is chipped.
Photo of the 425 instructions from the Greenberg Marx Operating Manual.
Has the small original light-green promotional tag which reads: "IMPORTANT" / * / The Circuit Breaker is an indispensable accessory, which will protect your Transformer from over-heating and burning out." There cannot be too many of these little tags left on the planet!

Very, very clean overall and it lights and works perfectly! This is the first 425 Circuit Breaker we have ever had! If you like good-looking, older Marx pieces, consider this accessory.

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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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