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Richard Newell 131/10/2013 22:06:04
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I would appreciate some advice on what my mother could do with my late father's steam locomotive that he lovingly constructed over a period of some 40 years.

This is a link to the pictures that I've posted on Goodle Plus.


She is keen that it goes to a good home with someone who will get as much pleasure from it as he did over the years.

And I'm at a loss to know how to find that someone! Hence this post. Perhaps you're a memebr of a group who knows someone looking for a high quality complex project to take on?

The loco is in Chepstow, so would be most convenient for someone in the South Wales or Bristol/Gloucestershire area.

Although she could do with some money (I really don't know what it's worth), I think the most important thing to her is that it goes to a good home.

Suggestions welcome!



IanT01/11/2013 09:22:59
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I'm surprised no-one has responded to your request Richard.

I would suggest that you contact one of the local Model Engineering Societies and ask for their help and advice. They are fairly easy to find via the web.

For instance, you can contact the Bristol MES at this email address:

I'm sure they would be happy to assist. I'm not a member of Bristol MES by the way but I've always found my local MES groups very helpful




Edited By IanT on 01/11/2013 09:24:20

Eric Cox01/11/2013 09:42:10
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You could try putting it in a specialist steam engine auction.

It will find it's own market value and if it is bought by the trade it will eventually end up with someone who appreciates it.

Cheffins hold auctions at Bristol.

Edited By Eric Cox on 01/11/2013 09:50:33

Ady101/11/2013 10:00:32
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I managed to upload a pic if anyones interested

(Will delete it if you want me to)


John McNamara01/11/2013 11:42:15
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Hello Richard

I tried this Google search

model steam engine sale images

Some of the images link to auction houses. It may help you to assess the market.


Or this search for auctions:

I can see the model is well packed in a frame for transport. It looks like a fine example. Better photos out of the packing frame would allow prospective purchasers a better view of its merits.

The same would apply to the rest of the collection. Old tools, machinery and bits and pieces (some of which will quite sought after) are becoming increasingly difficult to source. Get several opinions if you can, before you start disposing of the collection.

Beware of dealers who say how bad the market for trains is and that most of the other stuff is worthless.......

Was he a member of a club? that might be a good place to start? they should know what the models are.



Edited By John McNamara on 01/11/2013 11:55:24

Richard Newell 101/11/2013 13:08:42
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There are some great suggestions there gentlemen - thank you.

I'll start off by contacting some of the local clubs.

It would be great to know that his work was appreciated and respected.

Thanks again


Packmule02/11/2013 18:35:09
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Hi Richard, welcome to the forum.

Just a word of warning re auction houses. While Im sure most are quite reputable I know of a case where a very nice loco was sent for auction in Newbury the engine sold for over £800 and that went straight into the owners pocket who decided to go bankrupt and then let his wife restart the business.

Currently ongoing with Trading Standards.

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