Rock 'Em Sock 'Em

This page is dedicated to other toy collectors, past and present who have aided us in our continual discovery.
Ray the "TRAINMAN"   was a hard working friend of the Marx Virtual Museum and was instrumental in helping to make the displays that are in the museums in Erie County-- Erie, Pennsylvania area. Ray was an expert at installing and repairing not just trains but most any toy or electronic devise. Every holiday season, for many years, Ray and his family assembled train displays, in their home, and hundreds of children and adults came to be dazzled by the extensive lay-outs !!
Ray was a man that spent his life giving much happiness to children. He enjoyed the companionship with his fellow collectors. Ray  "THE TRAINMAN"  Groters was a fine man and his memory will live forever.


Born in Erie August 13, 1940 he was the son of the late John and Clarabelle Arnold Groters. He had been a machinist at R.P.C. for 20 years and P.H.B. for 15 years. He was an avid train collector and a member of the Train Collectors Assn. and the Lionel Collectors Club. He volunteered at the Experience Erie Children’s Museum and maintained the train at the Watson-Curtze Mansion. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Thomas (Lee) Groters and Alan Groters. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Carole L. Longnecker Groters, 2 sons, John Groters, of Erie and Scott Groters, of Menifee, CA 1 grandson Raymond Groters of Oceanside, CA and 1 step grandson Patrick Henderson of Erie, 2 brothers, Karl Groters, wife Fina, of Fort Worth, TX, and Jack Groters of Erie, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling at Brugger Home for Funerals, West 38th at Greengarden Blvd. Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. Services there Monday at 11:30 o’clock with Reverend Daniel Callahan of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Pastor Harry Johns, III of Elmwood Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Memorials to Experience Erie Children’s Museum or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Condolences at

Theodore H.  "Ted"  Weiss
Ted was another good friend of the Virtual Museum. When we started to set up this site, we needed a good camera person because the toys have many small parts and they are hard to photograph and show in the space we are provided. Ted was our man !! he developed a studio and took many pictures and burned them onto C.D.s to be displayed on our site. We lost Ted suddenly and we now mourn his passing. Ted, for many years, collected and traded postal cards and had written many articles for the American Postal Service Society. He was a member of the American Philatelic Society and the United States Postal Stationary Society. Ted loved toys and enjoyed working with us in our desire to share the knowledge of Marx toys as well as many other types. He developed a device whereas you connected a digital camera to a telescope and could take amazing close-ups of wild life in their natural state. Ted had many friends around the world and his efforts, for the Virtual Museum, will be remembered for ever.