Live steam Class 9F leads the pack ahead of Castle and ‘Black 5’

Power came to the fore at Dreweatts’ Transport Sale in Newbury on September 19, when a 5in gauge live steam model of a BR Standard Class 9F sold for £19,000.

The exhibition quality model, which took 30 years to build, was of No. 92184, a January 1958 Swindon product that was withdrawn from Immingham (40B) in February 1965 after an all-too-brief life of seven years.

Behind the 2-10-0 at £15,000 was another 5in gauge live steam example, of GWR Castle class No. 7017 G.J. Churchward built by gold medal winner Graham Hawkins of Bristol, closely pursued by 7¼in gauge LMS ‘Black 5’ No. 5041 (£14,000).

The GWR also came home in fourth and sixth places with a 5in gauge No. 6000 King George V (£6500) and a 3½in gauge Class 3800 4-4-0 No. 3834 County of Somerset (£4500), this pair sandwiching a 5in gauge GNR 4-2-2 Stirling single finished in polished brass and steel (£6000). Prices exclude buyer’s premium of 24% (+ VAT).

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