THIS enormous collection of model trains is steaming its way to auction - and is expected to fetch a massive £10,000.
Made up of around 4,000 engines, this ultimate train set was built up over decades by an unnamed enthusiast.But following his recent death, the models have been put up for sale by his family.
Believed to be one of the world's largest collections of railway memorabilia, the collection is already attracting attention from all over the world.
Adrian Rathbone, fine arts manager at Richard Winterton Auctioneers Ltd, who are organising the sale, said: “There’s literally thousands and thousands of locomotives - it’s a trainspotter’s dream come true.
“We’ve got Wrenn engines, they are a quality maker.
“It could be thousands and thousands of pounds when they are all sold - I expect it could reach £10,000."
Many of the engines, wagons and coaches are still in their original boxes, creating an even greater draw for train enthusiasts.
Mr Rathbone added: “The collector must have been a real enthusiast and spent his whole life collecting engines.
"The ones that haven’t got boxes were in home-made boxes.
“And there’s thousands and thousands of photos he has taken of locomotives being sold.
“They’re from all over the country and from different stations.
“It’s one of the biggest collections we’ve had, it was quite daunting at first but we know how to arrange it to sell.
“This is the sort of thing that people will travel from all over the country to come to. Trainspotting is serious business.”
The collection will be sold at Richard Winterton’s Collectors’ Sale at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Staffordshire, on Thursday June 28.