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."