06 February 2018
Vectis’ Model Train sale, which was held on 19 January, featured part four of The Southampton Collection, and included much interest in just about every model railway scale.
Vectis’ Model Train sale, which was held on 19 January, featured part four of The Southampton Collection, and included much interest in just about every model railway scale. The sale concluded with live steam, Gauge 1 and larger, as well as a selection of loco kits, some of which were built up.
A useful lot of Hornby (China-made) brown and cream Pullman Coach Packs with lights comprised R4169 (Bournemouth Belle) with a 2nd Class Parlour Car No.66, a 1st Class Kitchen Car (Fingall) and a 2nd Class Brake Car No.63; also included were R4196 (The Golden Arrow), containing a 1st Class Kitchen Car Adrian, a 1st Class Parlour Car Onyx and 1st Class Kitchen Car Zenobia. The R4254 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express contained a 1st Class Kitchen Car Ione, a 1st Class Parlour Car Perseus, a 1st Class Parlour Car Zena and was rounded off with a 1st Class Parlour Car Lucille. Murder on the Orient Express anyone?
All were in a mint to near mint state with boxes to match. These timewarp pieces are always popular and the upper estimate of £240 soon gave way to a top bid of £600.
Wrenn is equally collected and a W2402 limited edition 4-6-2 loco and tender rebuilt Battle of Britain Class Sir Eustace Missenden No34090 stood out on the day. Described as near mint in a good box, and including its limited edition certificate and instructions, it lacked only the plinth and track section. Bidders were not deterred, though, propelling this attractive loco to £504, nearly twice its estimate.
Finally, for lovers of tinplate and the larger scales, the Bing O gauge early Station Building mounted on a base measuring approximately 26 x 16 centimetres and standing 21 centimetres tall depicted a double storey building with lift-off lid. With a central door/archway to the lower doors and named Telegraph & Telephon, it was hand painted in green, red and cream. Although missing some parts and in only fair condition, its upper guideline of £80 was proven woefully inadequate and it realised £264.