Home on the Grange as £60k model shines

A 7¼in gauge live steam model of GWR No. 6860 Aberporth Grange, featured in Heritage Railway issue 232, was the runaway success in a Dreweatts transport sale of live steam models at Newbury on September 20, with a realisation of £60,000.

Built by leading modelmaker David Aitken and described by Dreweatts’ steam and model engineering consultant Michael Matthews as one of the best railway models he had ever seen, the 4-6-0 sold for more than twice the price of the runner-up, a 5in gauge model of Class 9F Crosti-boilered 2-10-0 No. 92024, which went under the hammer for £20,000.

In joint third place at £18,000 each came another 5in gauge 9F, No. 92184, and a 7¼in gauge LNWR George the Fifth class 4-4-0 No. 5000 Coronation, and further down the list came two more 5in gauge models, GCR 11F 4-4-0 No. 505 Ypres (BR No. 62669), which went for £8000, and Standard Pacific No. 70000 Britannia (£5200). GWR No. 4708 in 7¼in gauge was a non-seller.

An award-winning 3½in gauge model of preserved GNR ‘Stirling Single’ 4-2-2 No. 1 fetched £4800, while at £4200 came another 3½in gauge example, of First World War American Loco Co ‘Mountaineer’ 2-6-2T No. 1227. Prices exclude buyer’s premium of 24% (+ VAT).

Michael Matthews said: “The hall was packed and there was quite a lot of bidding on the telephone, and seven registered bidders from the US. Up to 5in gauge sold very strongly, as shown by the two 9Fs.”

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