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Live Steam Locomotives

We offer locomotives of any size along with their related rolling stock. However, we specialise in hand built models to standard designs built by skilled model engineers from sets of castings to traditional designs of The Great Western Railway, London Midland & Scottish, The London North Eastern Railway and many small regional railways as well as freelance models.

We also offer models powered by live steam which can range in gauge size from 0 gauge to large 10 1/4 inch gauge – including locomotives used in parks, at pleasure grounds and on private estate. The most collected and used gauges range from gauge 1 as used in home garden railways to 3 1/2 inch and 5 inch gauge models found on model engineering club tracks. 7 1/4 inch locomotives tend to realise the highest prices at auction but they are heavy and so there are logistical considerations in transporting them.

Auction prices continue to remain strong for all live steam models and Dreweatts holds the world auction record price of £170,800 for a 7 ¼ inch gauge LMS Duchess of Buccleuch tender locomotive built by the late Harry Powell of Crewe, which was offered in The Salem Collection. A model of a 7 ¼ inch gauge Great Western Railways locomotive, Caerphilly Castle, built by David Aitken, realised £124,000 in The Pete Waterman Collection.

Many of the lots offered come from either Estates or retired mechanical engineers who have spent many hours and years carefully producing these unique and wonderful ‘Engineering Work of Art’. The quality of the workmanship seen in these pieces is extremely high and this will always be reflected in the price the model locomotive achieves.

Provenance and builders are also factors in the value of locomotives and famous makers such as Harry Powell, Louis Raper, Stanley Beeson, Jackson of York and John Adams of Poole can double or treble the value of the items offered for sale.


Michael Matthews, MRICS, IRRV

Michael Matthews, MRICS, IRRV

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