Wednesday 28th September, 12 noon
Viewing: Sunday 25th September, 10am – 2pm; Monday 26th September, 9am – 5.30pm;
Tuesday 27th September, 9am – 4.30pm; Day of sale, from 8.30am
The star lot of this Autumn Transport Sale is Lot 43, an exhibition quality model of a 7 ¼ inch gauge 2-8-2 SNCF Class 141R tender locomotive. Originally used all over the French rail network (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français) from 1945-1974, these locomotives were supplied by The Baldwins Locomotive Works in America. Baldwins were renowned as the largest producer of steam locomotives but sadly the firm went in to decline after World War II due to the popularity of the diesel engine.
The model in this sale is of one of the last 703 series of locomotives, which ran on live steam prior to the introduction of oil burners. It was built in 1/8th scale taking over 10,500 hours to complete over a fifteen year period and comes with a documented photographic build history with insightful details of the work and hours involved in its completion.