Marklin loco, tender and carriages – £6500 at 1818 Auctioneers.

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The clockwork Gauge 1 Midland Railway locomotive 2069 came with a tender, two carriages and a wagon, all of them handpainted rather than lithographed.

“Two of the wheels from the locomotive weren’t attached and it must have been a favourite toy given all its wear and tear,” said auctioneer David Hunter. “But it would have been a top train set when new, the most expensive you could buy.”

It was also one of the most expensive buys at the May 7 sale at Milnthorpe. Pitched at £300-500, it sold to a Dutch collector via an internet bid at £6500.

From the same source came a Gauge 1 live steam Midland Railway 0-4-0 loco and tender in similar condition also left a £150-200 estimate behind, selling at £1000.