A Leyburn auction house has revealed that a model locomotive of “superb quality” could sell for between £7,000 and £8,000.

The object is the star of Tennants Auctioneers’ toys, models and collectables sale on July 27.

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The O Gauge 2-6-2T Class 3MT locomotive was made by James Stanley Benson of Ringwood, Hampshire – a model train maker of exceptional talent who lived between 1909 and 1990.

Models made by Benson are much admired and highly sought-after among collectors and this model is finished as BR 82007.

The model was also once illustrated in the October 1960 issue of Railway Modeller magazine.

The Northern Echo: • An O Gauge 2-6-2T Class 3MT Locomotive Finished as BR82007 by J.S. Beeson – Estimate: £7,000-10,000• An O Gauge 2-6-2T Class 3MT Locomotive Finished as BR82007 by J.S. Beeson – Estimate: £7,000-10,000

Further model locomotives on sale at the auctioneers, which is based in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, include a private collection of Wrenn models.

A Wrenn W2289 Canadian Pacific Locomotive Southern 21C5 is also on offer with an estimated sale price of £250 to £350.

A Bing O Gauge Live Steam 4-4-0 Black Prince 1902 will also be on auction and could sell for an estimated £300 to £500.

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In the collectables section of the sale, for those interested in Star Wars, there is a Hans Solo Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectables.

The figurine is sold in its original box and is number 1169 of 2500 limited edition models and could fetch an estimated £120 to £180.


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