Vintage Toy Trains: Pre-WWII through the 1970s
Because the history of toy trains stretches back into the mid-19th century, the toy train hobby today can look a bit different for each individual collector or researcher as they choose their niche or area of expertise. One way of focusing collecting is by vintage—or age—of the toy trains a collector is most interested in.
World War II (1939-1945) represents a massive cultural shift that changed how toy trains were produced, marketed, and even appreciated by consumers, so many collectors will focus on either pre-war models or those made after 1945. What is your preferred era of toy trains? Find excellent examples in our database!