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Live steam mod­els were orig­i­nally only for the wealthy. Cheaper ones were made for the masses, but left a water trail and were dubbed the ‘Birm­ing­ham Drib­blers’

A piv­otal mo­ment was Märklin’s launch in 1891 of the first com­plete train sys­tem. The ex­pand­able range of­fered items as­tutely priced at Christ­mas and birth­day present and pocket-money lev­els, pro­vid­ing the stereo­type for all toy mar­ket­ing to­day

The mas­sive Jerni Col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing 27,000 items dat­ing from 1850 to 1940, was sold pri­vately by Sotheby’s New York in 2011. Es­ti­mates that it would re­alise $10 mil­lion were deemed wildly pes­simistic. It in­cluded more than 3,000 lo­co­mo­tives and some 150 tin sta­tions made by Märklin

No­table mod­ellers from the past in­clude Sir Win­ston Churchill, Walt Dis­ney, Buster Keaton and Her­mann Göring

One of the most pop­u­lar Hornby pieces of all time is the Princess Royal Class Princess El­iz­a­beth in crim­son liv­ery with gold let­ter­ing. It repli­cates the first Pa­cific-type lo­co­mo­tive in­tro­duced in 1933 by the Lon­don, Mid­land and Scot­tish Rail­way to cope with in­creas­ing loads between Lon­don and Glas­gow. The real thing was a one-off ex­per­i­ment by en­gi­neer Sir Wil­liam Stanier with steam tur­bines in­stead of cylin­ders

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