Medal winners in any walk of life are not common, as it is with engineered live steam models and on 12th October a silver medal winning model of an LMS 2-6-0 Hughes Crab is to be auctioned at in Sheffield Auction Gallery’s Live Steam Auction.

Built to 5inch gauge and finished in black with running number 2874, the model was built in finest scale detail over many years by Thomas Tegg, starting in the 1990’s and culminating in a silver medal at the Model engineering Exhibition in 2008. The level of detail and care taken over scale is outstanding; even the track the locomotive sits on was engineered by Mr Tegg.

5" Gauge Live Steam LMS 2874 2-6-0 'Crab'

5″ Gauge Live Steam LMS 2874 2-6-0 ‘Crab’

The Original Crab Locomotive was designed by George Hughes for mixed traffic use and built between 1926 and 1932 and of the 245 built in Harwich and Crewe 3 are left in preservation, including the first locomotive in the National collection at York. Number 2874 was built in 1930 and withdrawn in the 1960’s.

John Morgan, Auctioneer commented “Simply the finest live steam locomotive we at Sheffield Auction Gallery have had the honour to bring to the market. The level of detail is outstanding. With a pre-auction estimate of £10,000 interest is likely to be significant.”

The model complete with medal, certificate and plans is to be auctioned at Sheffield auction Gallery on 12th October at 10am. For further information please contact the saleroom office on 0114 281 6161. Entries for this auction are still invited.