Impressive collection of private locomotives to be auctioned at Gildings

An extensive collection of locomotives will go under the hammer in a live online auction on September 14.

The sale, at Gildings Auctioneers in Market Harborough is comprised of over 800 items from the lifetime collection of a Northumberland-based single owner and will be sold in over 250 lots.

O gauge Castle Class “Ludlow Castle” loco and tender
Vintage Trains O gauge Castle Class “Ludlow Castle” loco and tender, Great Western no.5002, estimated £200-£300

The treasured assortment of O gauge and OO gauge model railways includes locomotives, passenger coaches, wagons, rolling stock as well as trackside accessories, books and modelling equipment. Most of the locomotives and rolling stock in the sale are in excellent ‘as new’ or ‘near new’ condition with many offered for sale in their original boxes.

“We are very much looking forward to auctioning this fantastic collection of locomotives,” says Gildings’ model railway specialist, Andrew Smith. “This highly varied and carefully curated collection is guaranteed to have something for every collector as it spans over eight decades of Britain’s rich railway history, with beautifully-preserved locomotives from the pre-war era through to the modern day.”

Corgi for Bassett-Lowke, J39 0-6-0 loco and tender LNER no. 1532
Corgi for Bassett-Lowke, J39 0-6-0 loco and tender LNER no. 1532, estimated £200-£300

Makers featured in the sale include examples from sought-after model train companies such as Bassett-Lowke, ACE Trains, Vintage Trains, Hornby, Darstaed and Trix.

“This sale is an unmissable opportunity to begin a new collection or add to an existing one,” adds Andrew Smith. “Based on the high levels of interest we have seen at recent auctions of this kind, we are anticipating high demand on the day from model railway enthusiasts keen to take this unique opportunity to add to their collections from their favourite eras. Due to both the size and quality of the collection we anticipate the sale will realise between £50,000 – £80,000.”

In-person viewings will be available by appointment prior to the auction and detailed condition reports are also available to interested parties.

For the latest information on the auction or to discuss the sale of a similar collection please call 01858 410414 or visit


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