Model of NER Loco at Auction

Photo: Bonhams, London.

John Teasdale writes

It has been brought to my attention that an interesting model locomotive is up for auction:

www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/bonhams/catalogue-id-bonham10058/lot-65d191f5-5b8d-4e68-bdb7-ab420149d6b7

The catalogue entry for lot 436 reads (in part) “A CONTEMPORARY 9¾ inch GAUGE MODEL OF AN N.E.R. HAWTHORN LESLEY [sic] 2-2-2 LOCOMOTIVE, circa 1850″….and later on…”With a brass beaded riveted North Eastern Railway style cab, 29in (74cm) high, 41½in (105.5cm) long.” The opening price is £2,000.

What has happened to the boiler…??

Lot 452 in the same sale is “AN IMPORTANT MODEL OF RICHARD TREVITHICK’S ILL-FATED GATESHEAD LOCOMOTIVE OF 1805”; bidding also starts at £2,000.

Did You Know?

The NER freight line from Shildon, Co. Durham, to Newport (near Middlesbrough) was electrified in 1915-16 using overhead wires. The system reverted to steam traction in 1935.