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November 22, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Toys — Harriet

American train and antique toy enthusiasts will be queuing up at the New York Historical Society over the festive period for a unique exhibition.

Collectors, train fans, kids and parents are expected to come along to see the 11,000 piece display, which has been titled Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection.

The antique toy trains were collected by Nina and Jerry Greene during the last 50 years, with thousands of items being gathered. It is believed to be one of the largest collections of antique railway sets to exist in the world.

The assortment of models is now owned by the New York Historical Society museum and is a permanent exhibition, according to Mike Thornton, the exhibit curator. The collection had recently been valued by Sotheby’s and is worth over $80m (£51m).

Initially, the items were displayed in the museum during 2012 to raise interest from outside investors, but it ended up being bought by a group of donors for an undisclosed amount.

The toy trains date back to 1850 and were originally made for children to play with, although they were also used to teach them about the steam engine. One unique specimen in the exhibit is the Marklin five-gauge train, which was created for the FAO Schwartz toy store in New York during 1905. The collection will be available to view from 21st November to 22nd February, 2015.

The antique train set would look good in a child’s bedroom, winding in and out of antique bedroom furniture to create a period feel.

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