My wife went off to the antique shop today and returned with a gift for me - a little cast metal locomotive with a freight car and a passenger car, I would say somewhere around Z-scale at a guess - an old kid's toy.
Yes I know the train would be smaller Z is about 1/220 scale!
I never said it was 1/12 scale. Only that a person doing dolls houses might use it.
Which in a 1/12 scale dolls house makes the train about a G gauge sized train.
ie scale down a loco to 1/12 scale, which then becomes full size for that scale, then you scale the loco down again to make a childs toy.
FWIW the Chinese make these little trains for the doll house markets, quite possibly it's only a few yrs old anyway.
I think "Tootsietoys" were made in the UK and were a popular line of small vehicles, mostly trucks and cars, but I guess trains also. I think when Mattel came out with the "Matchbox" series of race car sets, they pretty much took over the Tootsietoy market.
Interesting. A little Googling reveals that that's a TootsieToy #186 Freight Train set. Near as I can tell, it's prewar. Estimated value between $200-300 by greedy auctioneers, usual selling price on feebay ~$100-150.
TootsieToy is America's oldest toy manufactuer, apparently.