Model train on track to fetch thousands in Sheffield auction

Specialist valuer John Morgan with items from the Collectables and Toy sale at Sheffield Auction Gallery.
Specialist valuer John Morgan with items from the Collectables and Toy sale at Sheffield Auction Gallery.
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A MODEL engine is expected to fetch thousands of pounds when it steams into a Sheffield auction room.

At over 3ft long and 2ft high, the live steam Burrell Showman’s Engine will require its own trolley when it is wheeled into the Specialist Collectables and Toy sake at Sheffield Auction Gallery on October 5.

The replica, built in the second half of the 20th century, has a conservative estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000.

It is the centrepiece of the event, which will see a varied collection of steam models and toys from one collector go under the hammer.

Models include scratch built traction engines, locomotives, horizontal and vertical boilers, and beam engines by manufacturers such as Marklin, Stuart, Basset-Lowke and others.

John Morgan, a specialist valuer, said: “Live steam models and toys are often keenly sought after and it is a delight to handle such a collection.”