Model trains auctioned off

Five hundred lots of model trains, coaches and freight stock are being auctioned off in Newcastle

Model trains are "special collection"

More than 500 model trains and coaches are going up for auction in Newcastle today.

The sale takes place at Anderson & Garland in Westerhope from 9:30am.

Auctioneer Fred Wyrley-Birch said:

"This really is a very special collection, and it's very rare to see so many examples of quality model trains and equipment together in one place.

"We're expecting some frenzied bidding from collectors when the auction gets underway."

– Fred Wyrley-Birch, Anderson & Garland

Northumberland man to sell model train collection

More than 500 lots of model trains, coaches and freight stock are being sold at auction in Newcastle today.

The collection was gathered over half a lifetime by 90-year-old Leslie Almond, from Darras Hall in Northumberland. He said:

"I started collecting when my son was a boy scout, when he was younger than 10 and he's now 54.

"The scout group held a jumble sale to raise funds and there was a box of little trains, which we bought for him to play with. We both ended up playing with them!

"Once I started to add to the selection of models I kept them in the loft, which was all floored out. It was quite a collection. I added to it, made models and altered models. It was my hobby and I didn't stop collecting."

– Leslie Almond

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Model trains go under the hammer

One of the 500 trains being sold at auction Credit: Anderson & Garland

More than 500 lots of model trains, coaches and freight stock are being auctioned off in Newcastle.

Model railway enthusiasts from across the UK are expected to bid for the items, which are being sold at Anderson & Garland sale rooms in Westerhope. The collection is expected to fetch up to £60,000.