A LIFETIME'S collection of model locomotives from renowned train enthusiast Keith Summers will go up for auction in Sherborne shortly.
The miniature trains and accessories are stationed at Charterhouse Auctioneers, due to depart from the Long Street salerooms on Thursday, September 20.
The collection of more than 200 engines of 00 gauge models, belonged to the late Mr Summers, from Taunton, a member of the Chard Model Railway Club, and was discovered during a home valuation.
Associate Partner Matthew Whitney, an expert in the model and collectors field, said: "A client took advantage of our free home visits, and asked us to come and value the extensive collection of locomotives and rolling stock belonging to Mr Summers.
"Keith was a leading light in the Chard Model Railway Club and was well respected within the model community.
"He amassed his collection over a period of almost 40 years, having over 200 engines, the majority of which are boxed, and had literally thousands of coaches, wagons and vans."
Mr Whitney said the market for 00 gauge models is still very buoyant with numerous enthusiasts on the lookout for the next addition to their own shunting sheds.
He said: "Collectors' auctions at Charterhouse are always popular, because of the diverse and eclectic items on offer and this sale will be no exception."
The collection is in a two-day sale of collectors' items on September 20 and 21.