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On the following pages you will be presented with choices which will help narrow down your search. It is not a foolproof system but so far it works pretty well.

At this time, 4-2008, it only works for metal cars other than scale. Other sections will be completed as time and appropriate information allow.

I hope this works for you.

To begin your searchclick here.

If you are completely unfamiliar with toy trains read the section below.

Toy trains are separated by several parameters. First you'll need to know whether it is an engine or rolling stock. If you are not sure look underneath and make the following observations.

Does it have a motor?
Is there visible wiring?
Is it heavy?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes then it is probably an engine. If not it is probably rolling stock.

Next you need to decide whether it is plastic or metal. If you can't tell the difference get someone else to do the search for you!

You will be asked how many wheels the item has. Turn the piece upside down and count ALL wheels, not just the wheels at one end.

You will be asked about length. These are approximate lengths. Use a ruler or your best judgement.

You will be asked about the frame. This is the part of the car the wheels are generally attached to.

Finally, you will be asked about couplers. These are the devices at the ends of the item that attach one train car to another. These are also known as hitches and thing-a-ma-jigs and hoogieboppers.

If you wish to learn more about Marx trains you should purchase one of or all the Marx guides from The Toy and Train Publishing Co.