The Late Dennis Brown Collection of Gauge 1 Locomotives

at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are pleased to announce the sale of The Late Dennis Brown Collection of Gauge 1 Locomotives as part of their September Transport Auction on Wednesday 10th September at the Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire. The sale includes Live Steam and Model Engineering Works of Art.

Dennis was a well-known long-time member of the Gauge 1 Model Railways Association, running the models he built all around the North and East of England. Born in 1924, Dennis attended an engineering apprenticeship with Marshalls of Gainsborough, before serving in the Royal Navy during the 2nd World War. After the war he returned to engineering and, in retirement took up building and running gauge one locomotives.

The first locomotive he ever built was a LNER V2 "The Snapper", which took a Silver Medal at the Olympia Model Engineering Exhibition and he went on to win many other prizes.

The late Mr Brown's models are of exceptional quality, and attract pre-sale estimates ranging from a few hundred pounds, to over a thousand pounds each. 18 out of 20 examples that Dennis built will be offered in the Dreweatts' auction, , including LMS Duchess of Sutherland, LNER A3 'Gainsborough', GWR Prairie tank, a Stirling Single and many other quality models.

Further Highlights

Also on offer is an exhibition standard model of a very rare 5 inch gauge AD60 Garratt Locomotive No 6063, wheel arrangement 8-4+4-8-4. This locomotive weighs in at approximately 450 lbs, and is some 12 feet in length. It is fully operational, being powered by live steam and would be every exciting to drive. It has a pre-sale estimate of £15,000 to £18,000.

Another large locomotive being offered at a similar estimate is a 5 inch model of the 4-6-2 Merchant Navy class tender locomotive No 35003 'Royal Mail', built by the late Mr J Holden of Accrington in Lancashire. Other live steam locomotives include examples of 'Jubilee', 'Black 5', 'Massie', 'Princess Royal', 'Torquay Manor' and 'Britannia'.

In the Model Engineering Works of Art section, the locomotives on offer are of a very high standard and quality. They include a rare exhibition quality model of a First World War side tank locomotive in 3 1/2 inch gauge. This model is of a design that took ammunition and supplies to the front lines in France in WW1. Also in 3 1/2 inch gauge, is a very fine exhibition quality model of a Southern Railways C15 tender locomotive built by the award winning model engineer Mr J Wingate of Winchester.

Three live steam traction engines will also be on offer and include an award winning example of a 1 inch scale model of the Agricultural traction engine 'Minnie' and 1 1/2 inch scale model of a 'Royal Chester' to the design by W J Hughes and a 3 inch scale Aveling & Porter Showmans engine.

Also included in the sale is a fine collection of over 30 live steam stationary engines which have been all built by one man and consigned from his collection in the north of Scotland. These include many models based on the designs by Anthony Mounts and Stuart Turner.

Those looking for something a bit different should note that the sale includes a large scale model of the steam tug 'Englishman' powered by a live steam Stuart D10 engine, built by another award winning builder Mr C Putt of Guildford, and an exhibition standard model of a Burton Gipsy caravan.

There will be something for everyone with an interest in live steam and model engineering, including many part built models, steam toys and transport related items in the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' sale at Donnington Priory, in Newbury, Berkshire on Wednesday 10th September.

The catalogue is available to view online here:The Transport Sale


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Donnington Priory - 05th August 2014