Royal locomotive is a model winner


A 105-year-old gauge one model of former South Eastern & Chatham Railway royal train engine No. 516 sold for £1600 at a Hansons’ railwayana and model trains auction at Etwall, near Derby, on September 3.

The model, which was sold with five carriages, was made by Bing of Germany in 1913 for Bassett-Lowke, and was based on a SECR Class E 4-4-0 built at Ashford in April 1908.

As a new locomotive, it was exhibited at the six-month Franco-British Exhibition which opened in May that year in London, and was subsequently used on royal trains. It was numbered 31516 by BR and withdrawn from Ashford (74A) in September 1951.

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The sale’s leading railwayana realisation was £340 for a Midland Railway poster promoting the Orient Line to Australia via St Pancras for direct trains to Tilbury.

It was the work of Elijah Albert Cox (1876-1955), a highly respected artist who also produced posters for London Underground and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. Prices exclude buyer’s premium of 20% (+ VAT).

Coincidentally, a similar Bing gauge one model of the same SECR No. 516 as that sold at Hansons’ auction went under the hammer at a Vectis model train sale in Thornaby on September 21, realising £950. Top price in the auction was £1400 for SNCF 2-8-2 No. 141R 1106 made in O-gauge by Fulgurex of Switzerland. Prices exclude buyer’s premium of 25% (inc VAT).

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