George Edward Milligen Collections: Model and Miniature Trains
This page provides information and photos of the model and miniature locomotives and trains that are known to have been in George Milligen's collection.
London Tilbury and Southend Railway
This is a 3.5" gauge model of a London Tilbury and Southend Railway 4-4-2 side tank locomotive built by A. Skinner in 1928. It is 10.5" high and 1 Ft 9.5" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £1,000-£1,500. It sold for £4,370 including premium.
This is a 3.5" gauge model of a 2-6-2 narrow guage side tank locomotive from an unspecified railway company. The locomotive's name seems to have been taken from a character in the novel Lorna Doone. Built by Mr. Clark of Belvedere at an unknown date and finished in a green and black livery. It is 16.5" high and 3 Ft 11.5" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £2,000-£3,000. It sold for £2,185 including premium.
This is a 5" gauge model of an 0-6-0 'Jinty' type side tank locomotive. The original design was by Henry Fowler of the Midland Railway but this was an improved version by the London Midland and Scottish Railway and 422 were built between 1924 and 1931. They were very reliable shunting engines and I would regularly see these when trainspotting in London in the 1950s; the last of them remained in service until 1967. Nine of these engines have been preserved and several are being restored. The name seems to have been taken from Rev. W Awdry's book 'The eight famous engines'. The model is finished in green, black and red livery though the ones I remember seeing were mostly black and rather dirty. It is 1 Ft 2.4" high and 2 Ft 9" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £800-£1,200. It sold for £1,495 including premium.
This is a 10.25" gauge model of the Garratt 2-6-0 + 0-6-2 Locomotive Number 4113.
A Garratt (often referred to as a Beyer Garratt) is a type of steam locomotive that is articulated into three parts. Its boiler is mounted on the centre frame, and two steam engine units are mounted on separate frames, one on each end of the boiler. The articulation permits larger locomotives to negotiate curves and lighter rails that might restrict large rigid-framed locomotives. Garratt locomotives effectively doubled the power of the largest conventional locomotives operating on a railway, thus reducing the need for multiple locomotives and crews. As a boy train-spotter I saw one of these in operation just the once on the London Midlands and Scottish (LMS) railway in north-west London. LMS apparently had 33 of them and they were withdrawn from service in the mid 1950s with only one left operating by 1958 so I was lucky to see it. The name 'Garratt' comes from Herbert William Garratt (1864-1913), who approached locomotive manufacturers Beyer Peacock with his rough idea for an articulated steam locomotive. They saw the possibilities and worked on the details and patented the design in 1907. They never really caught on in the UK but were used a lot in Africa.
According to the 2004 auction catalogue:
.. built in 1938 for the Surrey Border and Camberley Railway using some parts and castings by Bullock who built most of the locomotives for the railway. The locomotive is in a state of disassembly and is fitted with an unsuperheated steel boiler with normal fitting outlets and manifolds etc. Each chassis incorporates twin outside cylinders, with slide valves controlled through Walschaert’s valve gear, cab-controlled draincocks, steam brakes, flexible steam and exhaust pipes and sundry parts including sandboxes, steam valves, studs and firebars etc. 3’6” (1068mm) high x 15’ (4570mm) long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £4,000-£8,000. It sold for £9,200 including premium.
This is a 10.25" gauge model of the Great Northern Railway Atlantic 4-4-2 locomotive and tender 'Peter Pan' built by Bassettt Lowke. It was originally built for Captain J.E.P. Howey for his line at Staughton Manor around 1908 and is said to have featured at the White City Exhibition of that year in London. It also featured at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1925 and passengers included King George V and Queen Mary. I have been unable to find any reference to a real locomotive of this name for some reason. The model is 2 Ft 3.5" high and 9 Ft 8" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £15,000-£25,000. It sold for £33,350 including premium.
This is a 10.25" gauge model of the London Midland and Scottish Railway 4-6-0 locomotive and tender 'Royal Scot' originally built in 1965 and rebuilt by William Whiteley at D. Arundel and Company Newark-on-Trent in 1972. The real thing had been designed by William Stanier and built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow in 1927 and named after the famous regiment. The model is 2 Ft 8" high and 12 Ft 2" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £22,000-£26,000. It sold for £45,500 including premium.
This is a 7.25" gauge 3-cylinder model of the Southern Railway 'Schools Class' 4-4-0 locomotive and tender 'Rugby'. The real thing had been designed by Richard Maunsell and built at Southern Railway's Eastleigh works in 1934 and remained in service until 1961. Overall there were 40 members of the class all named after English public schools. Three members of the class have been preserved and, as of 2020, Repton is in steam on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The model is finished in Southern Railway livery and lining. It is 1 Ft 8" high and 7 Ft 7" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £10,000-£15,000. It sold for £9,775 including premium.
Sante Fe No. 2333
This is a 10.25" gauge petrol engined and hydraulically articulated three-car model of Santa Fe train Number 2333. It was built by Charles Lane at Liphook in 1950 to provide rides around the Royal Anchor public house. According to the auction catalogue:
The locomotive section contains the driving cab, co-driver and transmission put together by Deri (Engineers) Limited, Patent number 640856, and employs a four cylinder petrol engine with fan assisted radiator, hydraulic reservoirs, hydraulic pump with cab-operated control valve giving three speeds, forward and reverse and twin axle-mounted hydraulic motors. Cab controls include: Smith's electric clock, ammeter, petrol gauge, rev-counter, 0-3000 psi pressure gauge, oil pressure gauge and milometer (disconnected). Twin klaxon horns are operated by a push button in the Bakelite instrument panel. Subsitute support bogies have been fitted to the two eight-seat passenger cars. Finished in red yellow and black (front and rear ends) and aluminium 3 Ft 9" high and 14 Ft 6" long - 42 Ft 9" long overall.
Given the size of the thing, I presume it was not actually taken to where the auction took place.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £2,000-£3,000. It sold for £2,530 including premium.
Great Northern Railway Stirling
This is a 5" gauge model of the Great Northern Railway 'Stirling Class' 4-2-2 locomotive and tender modelled on the first of the class from 1870. Eventually 53 members of this class were built at Doncaster. The original is preserved at the National Railway Museum in York. It is 1 Ft 3" high and 4 Ft 3" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £800-£1,000. It sold for £1,380 including premium.