Full Steam Ahead
“The 5 inch refers to the distance between the wheels, although I suppose we should really call it 12.7 cm, is quite a large engine.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Live steam locomotives of this size would have pulled quite a few people on a track, been built by a highly skilled engineer over a long period of time and rarely come onto the open market.”
The two engines come to Charterhouse from a large 18th century town house in Somerset. The locomotives were steamed up and run for many years by the family in the extensive gardens until about the year 2000 when they were put into a coach house due to family illness. They stayed here until recently when Charterhouse were instructed to conduct a probate valuation and found them looking somewhat forlorn.
Although they had protective blankets placed over them, vermin shredded most of this protection over the years. This combined with some damp and lack of use means they will need careful re-commissioning before they take to the track again.
Despite this, the larger of the two live steam engines – black LNER 2902 (London and North Eastern Railway) is estimated at £2,000-4,000* and the smaller green London, Brighton South Coast Railway 82 pannier tank engine £1,000-2,000* when they go under the Charterhouse hammer.
Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for this March 15th & 16th auction of stamps, coins, medals, trains & collector’s items and for their April auction of Chinese & Japanese ceramics and work of art followed by pictures, books and sporting items and their next sale of classic and vintage car also in April.
For further information regarding these auctions or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse on 01935 812277 or email images for valuation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Bromell with the LNER live steam engine £2,000-4,000*
London, Brighton & South Coast Railway live steam engine £1,000-2,000*
*plus 25.2% buyers premium inc VAT