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list updated November 17, 2015

My name is Ray Ellen. I have been a collector of toys and toy trains for quite a few years and am a member of the Train Collectors Association. Some of you may be familiar with our Vienna Station toy train business listed on the Internet as http://www.trainmarket.com I have been selling toys and toy trains for over 25 years, with about 18 years of experience selling on the Internet. Actually, we were one of the first toy train sites on the net and carry a large inventory of vintage trains from many manufacturers.

I have listed toys in a specific section on our “trainmarket” site for as long as we have been on-line. However, I have found that sales of toys are limited, most likely because our main business is toy trains. The train collectors have found us, but I believe toy collectors by and large have not. I have therefore decided to launch a separate site to offer toys. I intend to expand the site and increase the quality offerings as I gain experience. This will most likely benefit our customers, as I have always tried to keep prices low, especially when I have limited knowledge of particular items. I have always worked toward the “best service in the business” and great value for the dollar spent.

The toy offerings will be eclectic. There are very few old toys that I have seen that I do not like! You will find that tin-lithographed toys appear frequently as these are my personal favorites. Also, there will be a big emphasis on transportation toys, transportation related toys, military toys and action toys. As I identify areas of particular interest to our customers, I will aggressively seek out these for our listings. I will also be willing to try to “hunt-down” those specific items you desire.

The format for our listings will be what I call catalog format. To the extent possible, we will keep similar toys grouped in our major categories which are labeled Marx toys, American manufactures and Foreign manufacturers. There will be mostly older toys on the list, but there will be some newer toys if there is strong collector interest at this time. Each offering will be pictured and a description and price will be provided. Of course, your comments positive and negative are always welcome, as we want to make improvements to facilitate commerce and expansion of our offerings. Don't forget to visit our contact and order section of the site to give us your feedback and
comments! Enjoy!

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