Saleroom gets all steamed up
By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.
The auction saleroom is not normally recognised as a place for letting off steam. Cool heads and steady bidding usually prevail in the auction duel.
At a recent Toy, Transport and Automobilia auction held at the Bourne saleroom, of the 560 lots on offer five certainly got temperatures rising.
First a Stuart Turner No. 9 Steam Engine. The company founded in 1906 is known not only for its models, but also for larger commercial and transport engines. This No. 9 model sold for £550.
Scratch built model railway engines have lasting appeal. Scratch building refers to construction of a scale model either from base material or from pre-assembled kits. Therefore, the interest can be in the making, as well as the owning and running.
The class of railway engine will determine the design. In the auction, the King Arthur class locomotive made £1,400.
The wheel arrangement is another factor. 4-6-0 refers to a ten wheeler and its layout as opposed to 0-6-0 which indicates six wheels.
The Hawthorn Leslie tank locomotive 0-6-0 ST sold for £3,000.
Gauge refers to the model size. A 5″ gauge equals a build size of 1/12 the original, 3½” is 1/16. For comparison the standard model railway gauge 00 is 1/76 of the full size.
The largest gauge size on offer at the auction was the 5″ gauge British Railways standard class locomotive which realised a bid of £2,200.
Finally, livery describes the design and colours on the painted work. The blue of British Rail is perhaps the most known of the corporate colours – although the blue of Thomas the Tank Engine may be even better known. The fictional steam locomotive created by author Reverend Wilbert Awdry was made even more popular following the 1980s TV series.
A 3½” gauge 0-6-0 engine in faithful Thomas the Tank Engine blue livery sold on the Station Master’s whistle for £1,200.
Full illustrated results from the auction can be found at www.goldingyoung.com