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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Transport Sale

A 5 inch gauge model of a British Railways ex LNER Class B1 ‘Roedeer’ 4-6-0 locomotive and tender 61040 was the highlight of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury auctions Transport Sale yesterday, Tuesday 18th March, in Donnington Priory.
The prototype for the LNER Class B1 ‘Roedeer’ 4-6-0 locomotive was constructed in Darlington, in the north east of England, at the end of 1942.

As a war time locomotive the Roedeer had to be made as inexpensively as possible and the draughtsman tried, wherever possible, to re-use existing patterns, jigs and tools. The locomotive was used widely on all LNER routes and this model sold for £9,028. [Lot 13]

A very rare and well engineered exhibition and award winning two inch scale model of the Fowler showman’s road locomotive ‘Hercules’ was built by model engineering brothers A.A. and C.W. Verity of Swinton, Sheffield in 1934.

The model was sold together with the original engraved silver trophy won and presented to the Verity Brothers in 1949 at The Northern Models Exhibition held in Manchester, which continued for a further twelve years.

It was consigned by direct descendants of the Verity family, and was referred to in The Model Engineer in 1934 as well as appearing on the front cover of The Model Engineer 6th June 1940, together with an article on page 540. A copy of the 1940 magazine was sold

with the model along with some photographic history, which helped it to achieve its realised price of £6,710. [Lot 24]

A model of the award winning 4 Cylinder Mallet C3 articulated Locomotive invented by the Swiss engineer Anatole Mallet sold for an exceptional £5,490. The Mallet Locomotive is a particular type of articulated steam railway locomotive. The design is a compound system that comprises a rigid chassis at the rear of the train carrying two high-pressure cylinders, and an articulated front driving truck with two low-pressure cylinders.

Although a Mallet locomotive was never seen on a British railway, the concept found success in Europe and the US in the late 1800’s and in 1908 Mallet was awarded the Elliott Cresson Medal by The Franklin Institute. It is the highest award issued by the institute and was given to him in acknowledgement of the improvements he had made to the articulated locomotive. [Lot 6]

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