Trainumentary Trivia: Playing with Toy Trains in the 1890s

If you were a child in the 1890s, what sort of mechanical setup operates your toy train?

a. Clockwork

b. Dieselfication Modification

c. Child-sized Steamer

d. Coal-fired oven

Find the correct answer beneath the photo of the model train layout at Greenville Railroad Park, PA. picture c. 2016


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a. Clockwork or wind-up

According to the source website listed below: “The Marklin Company saw a need for a set of standard gauges for toy trains in 1891. When they first implemented these standard gauges it was for the wind-up (also called clockwork) trains the Marklin Company produced. The same standards are still used for today’s electric trains.”


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