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Old 17th January 2011, 18:39   #1
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After a rather exhaustive search on the internet, I finally found people who are interested in logging and mining in model railroading!

I was wondering if some of you might give me a bit of guidance? I am recently widowed and absolutely inundated with model railroad kit, most of it to do with logging and mining. My husband was absolutely obsessed with shay's, silver mining, switchbacks etc. I used to have such fun when he read "Narrow Gauge Gazette" at the amount of swearing he would do when he saw layouts he envied. He was always wanting to break the knuckles of you talented modelers!

Anyway, he was desperate that his beloved models go to people who appreciated them. Do any of you have any suggestions as to where I might start? I realize there is probably a great deal of value in much of it, but I've no clue as to where to begin. It all feels rather overwhelming if I'm honest.

Any guidance would be most appreciated.

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Old 17th January 2011, 20:57   #2
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There is a lesson for all of us here, sadly we all die and if male generally before our spouse, so it is important to discuss values and method of disposal with our partner in advance. Now to address the issue in hand, did your husband have a close modelling friend you trust?. If so he would be a logical one to ask for help.
Failing that there is always ebay, or maybe one of your local auction houses run specialist toy and model auctions.
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Old 17th January 2011, 21:47   #3
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Another good way to get advice would be to look up your local model railway club. The ukmodelshops website has a fairly comprehensive list of clubs listed by county on the link below.
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Old 18th January 2011, 00:40   #4
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Anna - first my condolences. And I hope you can find a trusted friend that will help you. As much as I hate to admit it, there are people in this hobby that will take advantage of you. I've had experience with those types myself.

If a friend can't help - you might try looking through ebay and see what comparable models are going for. It will at least give a ballpark figure to work with.
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I don't know about selling the items, but I do know that a bunch of my grandfather's personal possessions (none of it model trains, unfortunately) left the family when he died and I never had a chance to claim any of it. I'm still frustrated by it.

If your husband had any family that might be interested, even if they're not modelers, I urge you to check with them first. If one of his prized possessions does nothing more than sit on a shelf in their house at least his beloved models <would> go to people who appreciated them.
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Old 18th January 2011, 18:07   #6
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Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your advice. I have just recently discovered I have two friends who are very keen model railway enthusiasts and are also member of a local club. It looks as though they will be a wonderful resource and will keep me headed in the right direction. As my income disappeared when my husband passed away, I am forced to try to raise much needed funds.

Tutaenui, unfortunately he didn't have any friends here who were also model railway enthusiasts. We moved from America to the UK in 2001, and he was quite ill during most of that time, hence unable to meet fellow enthusiasts.

Blackcloud, thanks to your advice I have discovered there is a local club. Most of my husbands kit is American in its focus, so I'm wondering if that will make a difference?

RW James: Thank you for the warning. Thankfully I'm quite a keen researcher, and won't list anything before I have at least some idea of its value. I have no desire to be greedy, but would like to see these items fetch a good price. I promise I will be very careful indeed.

LoudMusic: Don't worry, I will be most generous to his only other surviving heirs, as I have a great deal to be generous with! I wouldn't think of getting rid of all of it without consulting them.

Thank you everyone for your responses. At the moment I think I am going to take the ebay route, time consuming as it is.

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