Saleroom gets all steamed up


John Taylors, Louth
Collectables, Antiques, Furniture, Ceramics, Clocks, Pictures and Jewellery, Tue 3rd Aug, 10am

Golding Young, Bourne
Collective Sale, Wed 4th & Thu 5th Aug, 10am.

Golding Young, Grantham
Collective Sale, Wed 11th & Thu 12th Aug, 10am. Asian Art & Ceramics Wed 25th Aug, 10am

Golding Young, Lincoln
Collective Sale, Wed 18th & Thu 19th Aug, 10am. Fine Art Sale Wed 25th Aug, 10am.

Batemans of Stamford
Fine Art, Antiques and Specialist Collectors, Sat 7th Aug, 10am. Jewellery & Watches, Silver & Gold, Fri 20th Aug, 4pm.

Stamford Auction Rooms, Stamford
A Coin Collection, Antiques, Ceramics, Jewellery & Silver, Sat 28th Aug, 10am. Online only.

Unique Auctions, Lincoln
Antiques & Collectors Auction, Fri 27th, Sat 28th & Sun 29th Aug, 9am.

Please refer to the websites of each company to see the most recent updates on auction postponements and cancellations.

Words by:
William Gregory MRICS
Featured in:
August 2021

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

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