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Old 22-05-2018, 12:50 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

Just wanted to say a quick hello - as my main purpose for signing up, was to probe for help selling on a huge Wrenn collection; but I appreciate that a lot of people (myself included) often sign up to forums and jump straight into selling on.

The collection is actually my father's, he's been an avid collector of Hornby and Wrenn for many decades, and as such, has a lot of items in his collection - the majority of which haven't seen the light of day for over a decade; I'm sure there are even items that haven't been used.

Sadly, my father has no time (or space) to make use of his collection, so is passing it through me, to be sold onto follow collectors and enthusiasts.

I have been struggling to accurately value items, and have unfortunately let a few extremely rare items slip through my hands at bargain prices - great for the buyer, but unfortunately upsetting for my father.

To this end, I have managed to get his old "Wrenn CD" up and running, which gives me prices circa June 2008, but that still leaves a huge gap in my ability to price things - not knowing the nuances between one loco to another (the 'generations' for example) means I am still a bit like a deer in the headlights.

So - expect many questions from me, and in due course (forum rights permitting) possibly items for sale

Wishing you all the very best
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Old 22-05-2018, 02:03 PM   #2
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Hello. Welcome. Wrenn is good stuff and used to hold very high prices. Unfortunately today, as todays new models have massively improved on detail and running qualities, there have been a flood of Triang, Wrenn and Hornby Dublo 2 rail items onto the market, especially due to the popularity of DCC, so where one once would have had several hundred pounds for a Wrenn loco, today I've seen quite a number of Wrenn locos around 60-80 each. A few smaller locos I've even seen around 35-40 each. This is almost silly money for the quality of the mechanisms that Wrenn made. I do say though, that though I've not been keeping up with Wrenn prices other then the occasional budget item as described (That had taken my notice), I would expect an average of about 150 for an immaculate boxed Wrenn steam locomotive with a tender. This is my gut feeling on value. I dont know about rare items as to me a rare item is just a standard item with a different number or colour, so I don't personally price them that much higher, but a collector would consider them higher value.
A rough guide to prices these days is to look at eBay as though some things go cheaper then expected, other items go for more.
Hopefully someone on this site has more knowledge as I only own one Wrenn loco and while it is almost immaculate, it was purchased for the durability of the product rather then its condition (I'd been after a little heavy 6 wheel shunter fore a while before I found one and wasn't expecting to buy an almost immaculate one!)

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Old 22-05-2018, 02:31 PM   #3
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Hi Carrie - welcome to the forum. There will be folk on here who have good knowledge and experience of Wrenn and I am sure will be able to point you in a useful direction. So, you can expect lots of questions of you.

You may well be asked to post a photo or model number (to iron out the nuances you speak of) so it might be a good idea to have a look at Dad's models to see if you can see anything that gives that sort of information and, of course, Dad may know the answer anyway. You might like to start compiling a listing of the items and taking some photos.

There are some rules about selling on here - these can be found at the top of the forum. Good luck.

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Old 22-05-2018, 02:40 PM   #4
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Hi Carrie - Welcome to the forum. Ebay is a good indication of what price loco's are being sold for (not everyone on ebay is a crook!), and what price they are fetching. If your collection is large you might be better off getting some valuations from an auction house. There are a number that specialise in loco collections. I'm not suggesting you sell on ebay, but if you have a loco and there is the same one for sale on ebay, just watch it and see what if fetches. Best of luck. BB
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Old 22-05-2018, 03:09 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum Carrie. Friendly helpful bunch on here who I'm sure will be able to advise when needed. Good luck with your venture.
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My advise would be to contact a Wrenn specialist for the correct values, there are a few out there like this one https://wrennmodelrailways.com/wrenn...tives.html?p=5 a quick look at there current stock should help you. You will not get the best prices on a forum like this. Special auction house can get you good prices but the commission stings a bit, then there is always ebay. Hope this helps.
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I remember reading that the old Hornby Dublo was amalgamated with Tri-ang and became Tri-ang-Hornby, but that dropped the die cast part of the range which became Wrenn. Can anyone substantiate this?
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Old 22-05-2018, 10:52 PM   #8
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Hello and welcome , Carrie
Another avenue you may wish to explore is Ramsays British Model Trains Catalogue compiled by Pat Hammond published by British Railway Modelling. It covers coaches and wagons in addition to locos.
The publication gives suggested values for:-
1. mint boxed

2. excellent unboxed

Unfortunately the publication does not come cheap when new. When I bought the 8th edition of 2013 (two volumes) I believe it was 25

You might care to "google" the title to see what comes up.
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Old 22-05-2018, 10:57 PM   #9
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I remember reading that the old Hornby Dublo was amalgamated with Tri-ang and became Tri-ang-Hornby, but that dropped the die cast part of the range which became Wrenn. Can anyone substantiate this?
Firstly, welcome.

At the risk of going off topic this link should clarify what has happened in the past.
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Old 23-05-2018, 09:14 AM   #10
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Thank you all for you kind welcome, it is great when you find such a nice online community - and whilst I may not be able to contribute much, maybe I will at least be able to provide photos of some rear locos for your enjoyment.

I will certainly explore the avenues you have suggested, so thank you kindly for those.

I have used eBay previously, and it has gone quite well, so it's certainly an area where I will pass items through again - though, for the pre-war clockwork locos my father has, they might require a bit more care.

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