Model railways have captured the imagination of children and adults ever since the hobby first began in the mid-19th century.

In those early days, model railways came in the shape of wooden toys, before advances in technology saw them replaced by tinplate and diecast models by manufacturers such as Hornby, Tri-ang and Bassett-Lowke to name just a few.

As an auction house with more than 60 years’ experience, Warwick & Warwick has long been trusted to value and sell thousands of model trains in our specialist model railway auctions.

Model railway values obviously vary depending on their size, the number of locomotives and accessories which make up the toy train collection.

However, because model railways are a hobby for modellers and collectors alike, even damaged old trains, N gauge locomotives and model railways accessories often fetch more than you might expect in our model railways auction. This is probably because they can be used as spares or lovingly restored.

That’s why it is always worth getting in touch to get an accurate valuation or find out the sort of prices which have been achieved for similar items in toy train auctions we have held previously.

With six specialist model railway auctions held every year, each sale has miscellaneous items in it from most of the more well-known manufacturers, including Airfix, Bachmann, Dapol, Hornby, Lima, Rivarossi, Slaters and Wrenn.

This is followed by a detailed listing of individual model locomotives, OO-gauge layouts and rolling stock from a wide range of manufacturers including European and USA HO gauge, as well as British pattern items.

Having become one of the leading auctioneers and valuers of collectables in this country, since being established in 1958, our model railway auctions are always well attended. Bids can also be lodged online, over the phone or by email.

If you have any vintage train sets for sale or model railway layouts to be valued, our team of experts will happily offer free advice, in complete confidence, on any matters relating to buying or selling in one of our model train auctions. We also arrange sales by private treaty and can carry out valuations for probate or insurance purposes.

Ensure your model railways are enjoyed for many years to come, call 01926 499031 today.

Get an accurate model railways valuation

Putting a value on model railways which have often been lovingly assembled over the course of many years is a very specialist skill. 

As one of the most respected auctioneers of collectables in the UK, Warwick & Warwick’s team of valuation experts can do just that – and help you to achieve the maximum possible return in a model trains auction.

That’s why we have been trusted by customers, collectors and dealers alike for more than six decades.

Learn more about our accurate model railway valuations now, email or call 01926 499031 today.


Our model railway auctions UK dates

Model railway auctions are held a number of times throughout the year here at Warwick & Warwick.

Our upcoming model railway auctions UK dates are:

  • January 22nd 2020
  • March 18th 2020
  • May 20th 2020
  • July 15th 2020
  • September 16th 2020
  • November 18th 2020

Our public model railway auctions start at 12 noon.

If you want to preview the model railways for sale in advance, our online catalogue is available approximately three weeks before the auction.

Click to view our model railways auction catalogue and place bids on any of the items online now!

Viewing times for our model railway auctions

Members of the public or model railways enthusiasts who would like to inspect in person before they buy can view our model railways & trains at Chalon House in Warwick.

The viewing times for our toy train auctions are:

  • 9am – 4.30pm on the Friday, Monday and Tuesday prior to the sale.
  • 8.30am onwards on the day of the auction.

Please note there will be no viewing facility outside of these periods and viewing is not available at the Court House.

Model railways always generate great interest among bidders on the day of a sale.

But there is actually no need to attend our model railway auctions in person if you want to buy toy trains because commission bids can be taken in advance.

Bids can be placed via our online facility, by telephone, post, fax or email. For further details, please visit our Online Catalogue.

If you would like to receive a free printed catalogue, or alternatively to apply for a catalogue subscription, click here.

It is worth noting that the printed catalogue contains far fewer illustrations of lots than the online catalogue and, unless you plan to attend the model railways auction sale, you will be better served viewing the online catalogue.

Requests for further images can be sent to


Where do our model train auctions take place?

All Warwick & Warwick model train auctions take place in the Ballroom of the Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, CV34 4EW.

The Court House is located on the south side of Jury Street, at the intersection of Castle Street. It can be located on most maps with an ‘I’ because it is also the Tourist Information Centre.

The nearest public car parks are:

  • New Street CV34 4RX
  • Linen Street CV34 4DT
  • St Nicholas Park CV34 4QY
  • West Rock CV34 4XQ

There is also plenty of on-street pay and display parking available.

Click here for more details about nearby car parks and charging details.

When travelling by train, Warwick Town is the nearest railway station and the nearest major international airport is Birmingham.

Please visit our How to Find Us page for more detailed directions.


When do I get my model trains?

Because account settlement and lot allocation takes place progressively at our premises, it means you can pay and collect your lots as the auction continues.

So instead of waiting for the end of the sale, you can pay and be on your way as soon as the section of the model trains auction which interests you has been completed.

Buy and sell model trains & railways at auction

If you want to source rare model railway items for sale, get in touch with our team of experts and use their extensive connections to aid your search.

With more than 50 years of experience between them in what is a very specialist collectables area, our team of experts have a wealth of knowledge which they are happy to share with you. Please give them a call for free expert advice on how best to market your collection.

If you wish to buy from our auction we will be pleased to execute bids and advise potential purchasers accordingly.

Arrange an appointment now, email Jill Smith, Richard Beale or Ben Griffin – or call 01926 499031 today!

To view auction reports of previous sales please click here.