Audley End’s small locos going under the hammer

FOUR smaller Audley End Miniature Railway locos are to be auctioned by Dreweatts at Newbury on March 12. 

This follows the death of Lord Braybrooke, of Audley End Estate, Essex in 2017. The larger steam and diesel locos are being retained for the railway.

David Curwen built about 50 locos of 7¼in gauge and larger, but 10¼in-gauge four-cylinder GWR ‘Star’ class 4-6-0 No. 4005 Polar Star is said to be his finest example. Most of his locos were built for hard work, but this is a detailed scale model built to Lord Braybrooke’s order, and delivered in 1989. Rarely seen by enthusiasts, it was kept in the estate office, and not used on the Audley End Miniature Railway. Guide price is £30-40,000. Picture courtesy DREWEATTS

Those for disposal were all built by David Curwen and are GWR ‘Star’ 4-6-0 No. 4005 Polar Star, 4-4-2 No. 4433, 2-6-2 No. 3548 Lord Braybrooke, and 2-4-2ST+T Barbara Curwen.

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Estimated prices range from £20,000 to £40,000.

Read more in the March 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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