Monday, February 14, 2011

Marx #422 Derrick

Our chronicling of Marx tin continues today on Marx Monday with the #422 Derrick. These tin derricks were very well designed. The horizontal separators seen holding the legs together at track level also served to hold the track in place and center the derrick over the track. By fitting over the track the derrick didn't take up a lot of toy train layout real estate. The simple crank arrangement for the hook allowed the hook to lock in place and not dump its load on the trains below. I like this design because of the lack of any railroad name on the side of the cab, that way, should you favor another road name for your layout besides New York Central, it could be used with no problem.  Enjoy!