Oxfam train gift is just the ticket

Volunteer Sue Gatt with one of the rare trains
Volunteer Sue Gatt with one of the rare trains

A SILENT auction will be held for this rare train collection after it was donated to the Oxfam shop in Thame.

Estimated to be worth around £500, the collection contains a number of Hornby trains, many of which are still in the original boxes and are accompanied by limited edition certificates.

The auction itself will be open until February 14 with the minimum bid accepted being £350.

Shop manager Jane Greig said: “The pieces are in pristine condition and some don’t look like they have ever been removed from their boxes.

“There are certificates accompanying some of the trains stating how many of the trains were made and the class of the engine.”

It is unknown who donated the train set as it was left anonymously last week and was only discovered when the staff were looking through the general donations.

But since coming across the rare items, staff have put them on display to allow customers to view them before making a bid.

They hope that the winning bid will be equivalent to the market value of the collection, although any amount close to £500 will be a massive boost to the charity.

This latest donation has topped off what has been an excellent month for the shop and Mrs Greig thanked all those who have given something. She said: “We have been very lucky, we have had some really wonderful donations recently.”