Marx "Firefly" Tinplate... not for rivet counters!

Discussion in 'MTH and Other Timplate' started by JamesP, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. JamesP

    JamesP James Pekarek

    Besides Live Steam, I also tinker with vintage Marx O27 Tinplate Mechanical (wind-up) toy trains. I was curious how a Marx Mercury would look painted in Firefly colors, so this is the result. It's kind of neat that a 70+ year old toy still works! :rolleyes:


    SAFN SAAP Member

    Very nice! That's awesome! I bet you would fetch a pretty penny for it if you ever decided to sell it. Nice job!
  3. Joseph Toth

    Joseph Toth Member

    My very first toy trains were Marx tinplate wind-ups. Of course I wasn´t even knee high to a Texas grasshopper then but had a lot of fun running the trains on the 2-rail circle of track. I had a freight with the Santa Fe tank car. The passenger was the UP´s M-10000. My mother bought little people to ride the "Streamliner". I never collected tickets from the passengers. Guess it is too late now?

    Great restored model! Is the new Marx still in bizz? I can´t seem to find them any longer on the web.

    Joe Toth
  4. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Love it - James - Now if you can get a couple passenger cars to go with it!
  5. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    This opens up some kitbash ideas--maybe using the Model Power (Both HO and N) semi-streamline 4-6-2's!!?? The MP engines wouldn't exactly be a "bullet" Firefly, but they could be bashed to be "close" to a couple of the early Frisco streamlining experiments. 1034 and 1036 come to mind. See:

  6. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    The link you provided is a "semi streamlined loco". The difference is it's a normal loco, but it's get the flat side boards.

    I like the project though. Passenger cars would be cool.

  7. wpmoreland719

    wpmoreland719 Member Supporter

    Super cool, James. Very nicely done.

    Pat Moreland,
    Union Mo.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Oh, btw, I count three rivets. [​IMG]...Definitely prototypical if you ask me!

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