01 September 2017
Medal winners in any walk of life are not common, as it is with engineered live steam models
Medal winners in any walk of life are not common, as it is with engineered live steam models and on 12 October a silver medal winning model of an LMS 2-6-0 Hughes Crab is to be auctioned at Sheffield Auction Gallery. Built to 5inch gauge and finished in black with running number 2874.
The model was built in finest scale detail over many years by Thomas Tegg, starting in the 1990s and culminating in a silver medal at the Model Engineering Exhibition in 2008. The level of detail and care taken over scale is outstanding, even the track the locomotive sits on was engineered by Mr Tegg.
The original Crab Locomotive was designed by George Hughes for mixed traffic use and built between 1926 and 1932. Of the 245 built in Harwich and Crewe 3 are left in preservation, including the first locomotive in the National Collection at York. Number 2874 was built in 1930 and withdrawn in the 1960s.
Auctioneer John Morgan commented: 'Simply the finest live steam locomotive we at Sheffield Auction Gallery have had the honour to bring to the market - the level of detail is outstanding'. ■