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One of the UK's largest private collections of model trains is being auctioned off - and is expected to fetch at least £100k

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<p>One of the UK's largest private collections of model trains is being auctioned off - and is expected to fetch at least £100k.</p><p>The haul - which contains 3,000 items, some dating back more than 100 years - will be sold online next month.</p><p>Stuart Bull is selling from Chard, Somerset on behalf of a collector who wants to remain anonymous.</p><p>The auctioneer, 52, says he and his team believe the collection could be the largest private collection ever sold in the UK.</p><p>Previously stored in the seller's home, shed and greenhouse in Southampton, the trains will be sold on December 10 and 11.</p><p>The most expensive items are expected to fetch around £600 - with the whole lot valued at more than £100,000.</p><p>Stuart, who runs Stuart Bull Antiques and Chard Auctions, said: "There are hundreds of boxes. He said he started buying and didn't stop.</p><p>"It's been great fun. We've had an auction house full of trains and 'trainiacs'. He's going to get a big payday."</p><p>Stuart and his team had to make multiple trips in a van to pick up the collection from Hampshire and drive it back to Somerset.</p><p>And he said they were all left laughing when the seller joked that he didn't even like trains - despite the haul.</p><p>Stuart said: "We finished the first load and he said, 'I don't even like trains'. We all just fell about laughing.</p><p>"That's very rare. Usually collectors really like the items they are collecting, or there's something specific they like about them."</p><p>Many of the trains are in their original packaging with the cellophane intact, and many others appear to have only been opened for inspection.</p><p>Some of the boxes hold Hornby clockwork engines dating between 1900 and 1960, while others are newer, electric versions.</p><p>The stash also has a mix of pre-World War Two and modern engines made by other big names such as Lionel and British Bassett-Lowke.</p><p>One of the most expensive items is a gold-plated Railking engine, expected to go under the hammer for around £600.</p><p>And a Bachmann steam engine model is another rarity, Stuart said, adding that the last one like it sold for £400.</p><p>The entire set comprises around 3,000 engines, the auctioneer said, with about a third of those old clockwork models.</p><p>Stuart said he and his team believe the the last largest single collector hoard of trains sold in the UK for £25,000 in 2012.</p><p>The collection they have is far more extensive - and they believe it could fetch four times that figure.</p><p>The trains are being divided into roughly 1,200 lots and will be auctioned online at Salesroom.com, Easy Live Auction and Bidspirit.</p><p>In-person viewings can be arranged for December 8 and 9 for buyers willing to go to Chard.</p><p>Stuart joked: "We're going full steam ahead and we're on-track with all our preparations for the sale.</p><p>"We've been dreaming trains, it's almost sent us loco. Fortunately nobody's tried to tender their resignation."</p><p>Stuart said he first heard about the collection when he opened an email from the seller in September.</p><p>His company specialises in auctioning collections and can accommodate huge numbers of items in the old supermarket premises.</p><p>He said when he went to collect the engines he filled one van - and had to go back for a second load.</p><p>The seller then delivered a third lot using a trailer and two estate cars directly to the auction house.</p><p>Expert James Fitzpatrick, who is working with Stuart on the collection, said trains are a good way to make money.</p><p>He said: "The value of trains has gone up 5,000% since 1980, and it’s out performed silver by 20%."</p>
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