Second XI to give stars full support in live steam sale


As REPORTED in the news section of this issue, five live steam locomotive models with estimates of up to £50,000 will head a transport sale being held by Dreweatts on September 19.

The quintet are GWR No. 7017 G.J. Churchward and a Manor class 4-6-0, LMS ‘Black 5’ No. 5041, BR Standard Class 2MT No. 78005, and an American 2-6-4T, in a variety of gauges from 5in to 10¼in.

Home from home: No. 7017 G.J.Churchward simmers on Cardiff Canton shed (86C) in March 1959, about 130 miles from its Old Oak Common (81A) home. The GWR-designed, BR-built 4-6-0, named after the GWR chief mechanical engineer from 1902-21, was based at 86C in the early-1950s and so was no stranger to south Wales. A 5in-gauge live steam model of the Castle class locomotive will be coming up for auction at a Dreweatts’ sale at Newbury on September 19, with a top estimate of £18,000. NORMAN PREEDY

Although these are set to be the star items, three other 5in-gauge live steam models carrying top estimates of £8000 each will also be fighting their corner.

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This trio comprises GWR No. 6000 King George V, Southern Railway L1 class 4-4-0 No. 31786, and a Great Northern Railway Stirling single 4-2-2.

The auction is at Donnington Priory, Newbury, and starts at 10.30am.

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