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 65 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 to all UK residents, on any matters relating to 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 for a small fee.

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:

  • 17th July 2024
  • 18th September 2024
  • 20th November 2024

Our public model railway auctions start at 10am.

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.

Please note there will be no viewing facility outside of these periods.

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

Commission bids can be taken in advance or why not bid live on the day from the comfort of your own home or office. Click on the Easy Live Auction button at the bottom of the page to find us.

Bids can also 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 at our Warwick offices. There is no facility for room bidders during the sale but we do encourage live bidding on the day via Easy Live Auction.

Simply click on the Easy Live Auction button at the bottom of the page to find us.

You can also find us via Simply click on the ‘Auctioneers’ tab and search for Warwick & Warwick.

Please note that Easy Live Auction charge for this service.

Free registration with Easy Live Auction will attract a 3% charge on the hammer price. The £3 flat fee will not!

Bids are also accepted via our online catalogue and by post. There are limited telephones available so please do give Easy Live Auction a go!


When do I get my model trains?

Invoices are emailed to you the day after the sale. Please provide payment via online Faster Payments or cheque. Card payments are accepted for invoices under £500. We aim to despatch goods within several days of receiving your payment (7 days for payment by cheque). Lots may be collected from the Friday after the sale, strictly by appointment. Please call 01926 499031. Payment should be made in advance.

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.

Email or call 01926 499031 now.

To view auction reports of previous sales please click here.