[modeleng] Re: Track guage

If you look at the ads at the back of the model eng mags there are now more 
and more private ads for guys wanting to buy complete or partbuilt models. 
What do they do with them? Do they manage to sell all they buy? Does someone 
finish the partbuilt ones and then sell them? OR is there some bloke sitting 
there with hundreds of models he has bought waiting for the one to come 
around that may make him his million? I understand that National Rail Museum 
has so many models that are left to them in wills or donated to them that 
they have thousands and cannot display them. They just sit in storage unseen 
and more importantly unused.


Julian




----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Harry Wade" <hww@xxxxxxxx>
To: <modeleng@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2008 2:11 AM
Subject: [modeleng] Re: Track guage


> John,
> Not often, but every once in a while I'm presented with the opportunity to 
> identify unknown (to the finder) castings and usually I'm able to at least 
> point the owner in the right direction.  The last such opportunity was the 
> identification of an almost complete set of Clarksons Sanderson Beam 
> engine castings which had been languishing for years in a damp basement. 
> In this case they were saved from the skip (I assume) but I always wonder 
> how many others aren't so lucky.
>
> In this case I also made an offer for the castings, which I fancied 
> having, but after my identification and a potted history they suddenly 
> became "valuable antique British engineering museum piece collector's 
> items" and worth nearly their weight in gold!  That'll teach me to keep my 
> mouth shut.
> Harry
>
> -----Original Message-----
>>[snip] I am sure that a lot must end up in the trash can or skips 
>>following a house clearance because the people doing the sorting out do 
>>not realise what they are. - John
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