Trains and boats and planes…

15 July 2021
The recent Wallis & Wallis sale saw plenty of lots to interest the railway fraternity

At the recent Wallis & Wallis sale there were plenty of lots to interest the railway fraternity. An Olympia Precision Models HO gauge brass locomotive, Chesapeake & Ohio, in 4-8-4 format with its 12 wheel tender was sombre in black and finished on £100, whilst a Fulgurex HO gauge brass locomotive, a PLM 4-6-2 tender locomotive RN 6101, with a twin bogie tender RN 28-48 in dark green, made £300. Wrenn, though, pulled out the stops with a rebuilt West Country Class 4-6-2 tender locomotive, the Westward Ho (RN34036), which hit an impressive £340. In O gauge, an electric two-rail LNER class A4 4-6-2 tender locomotive, the Sir Nigel Gresley, steamed off to make £400, while the Fulgurex German DB BR 78 4-6-4 tank locomotive, RN 78 510, also in two-rail electric format, sold for £100 less.

Two sets of sets of Richter stone Anchor Blocks from the late 19/early 20th century, sets 7 and 5, made £50: these were a charming memory of much simpler times, long before Lego came along! Rather rarer was the Tri-ang Minic Ships Commando Ship, HMS Albion. Based on the HMS Albion model (M753), this particular version was produced in a limited run of 1,000 for the crew of that particular aircraft carrier. It settled on £300.

As for odd, how about a 1930/40s table top cricket game of possibly Australian manufacture by Jupe Bros, Sydney. Comprising a diecast and tinplate bowler, larger scale batsman, ten diecast
fielders, four ball-bearing cricket balls, a tinplate cricket pitch and a canvas 'cricket field', this pre-Subbuteo marvel made £320. A rare French Joustra tinplate clockwork model of a Lockheed Super Constellation Airliner in cream and red Air France livery, with registration F-ALBA and named 'Croix du Sud' attracted interest: it ended on £280.

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Finally, the big ticket models. A Dinky Supertoys Guy Van “Lyons” in dark blue was contested to £1,200, a Pallet Jekta Van made £240 and a “Weetabix” Guy van made a staggering £2,100. Finally, the Dinky Toys Mechanised Army set No. 156 was all there, ranging from good to very good condition: £650 won the lot.