Model train collection primed to fetch up to $10K



2015-06-26 10:41:02

The largest collection of model trains ever to come to auction will be sold by Richard Winterton Auctioneers in Lichfield, Staffordshire, on June 28th.

The ‘literally thousands and thousands’ of miniature replicas have been divided into 130 lots, and are tantalising train spotters and toy collectors alike, in the lead up to the epic sale.

Some of the more valuable models are expected to fetch up to £400 each, as many of the diesel engines retain their original packaging.

Others had boxes made for them by their loving previous owner, recently deceased, who must have been a passionate collector indeed. His army of steam and diesel locomotives was amassed over many years.

Featured are the metal models of Wrenn, as well as the recognisable names of Lima, Hornby, Bachmann and Mainline. There are also many kit-built models with evidently painstaking attention to detail.

All sorts of gems could be hidden amidst the plethora of trains, stretching out into the distant corners of the Winterton auction rooms at the Lichfield centre. Many of the estimates could be quite modest if a particular rarity is discovered amongst them all, so despite the £10,000 total estimate, the sky is the limit with what this auction could achieve once the enthusiasts and collectors get digging.

Also offered will be a large collection of photographs of real locomotives taken by the same collector, expected to excite the train spotters among the crowd, alongside a veritable library of railway reference books.

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