Marklin Trains

Best German Toys – not only for Kids

Marklin trains are nowadays very popular again. Not only riches but also “older” baby-boomers hope to regain somehow their youth with investing in the classic marklin trains. Read here more about the famous german trains and get here also some train-collecting tips. But frist take a look:


Older trains are nowadays seriously valuable

Most train collectors can remember the wonderful steam age, in the end of the Sixties. They look for the same trains they possessed as kids, but nowadays their grandchildren are their playing partners.

Older models are in the meanwhile more valuable than in earlier times. In the Seventies/late Eighties demand for marklin trains and other great trains woke up. It then falled asleep in the beginning of the Nineties.

Boost in Value: From 25 cents to 13,000 $

13,000 pounds was the price for a the “Cock of the North”. For this price this Marklin model from 1936 in Christie’s was sold this year. 40 years ago this special locomotive with a length of 21-inch, was worth 25 pounds at best. With the great demand also the prices grew. While in 1970 it had a value of approx. 400 pounds, price increased to 1,400, pounds, then to 9,000 pounds in the nineties and reached its peak with 13,000 pounds this year.

A toy lost its innocence

There was a time when people treated these trains just as toys. Money wasn’t that important, collectors traded with with each others at swapmeets. But in the meantime these trains are very valuable and “profit” is an over important factor. Marklin trains find together with Hornby among collectors worldwide the greatest demand.

Train collecting tips

If you want to collect or buy a marklin train get here some train-collecting tips:
1) Watch out for fakes. Fraudsters will attempt to quintuple the price of a classic locomotive with a deftly applied touch of paint. Before buying one of the more expensive models, look through a magnifying glass to make sure someone hasn’t changed the final 4 into a 9.

2) The first thing most excited children do when they receive a new toy is to rip the box apart, anxious to get at the treat inside. Because so few cardboard boxes managed to survive these attacks, trains that come in their original packaging are worth at least twice as much.

3) Engines cost the most, usually about four times the price of a coach. A 1937 Hornby Electric GWR E26 special tank locomotive in fine condition will attract about pounds 250 on the collectors’ market. An individual coach from the same set will run for about pounds 60, while the freight wagon can be snapped up for about pounds 40.

4) Train stations have an important place on the ideal model railroad. They were made from a tinplate fabric which was printed just like paper on offset presses, then bent into shape. A Marklin mock-up of Leipzig station in the mid-Twenties is worth as much as pounds 7,500. The Marklin Stuttgart station, fitted with electric lights, will fetch about pounds 2,000. A copy of a 1913 English country station by Bassett-Lowke will cost about pounds 600.

Bottom Line: Train Collecting could be a goldmine and therefore also a perfect german gift for every toy enthusiast.