Steam engine model sold off

A MODEL steam engine which was the pride and joy of a self-confessed Norfolk eccentric has fetched �2,550 at auction. The engine which had belonged to William Sunderland was sold to a local man, a spokeswoman for Horner's Auctioneers said.

A MODEL steam engine which was the pride and joy of a self-confessed Norfolk eccentric has fetched �2,550 at auction.

The engine which had belonged to William Sunderland was sold to a local man, a spokeswoman for Horner's Auctioneers said.

After Mr Sunderland's death the engine had found a home in the conservatory of his daughter's bungalow in Mulbarton, near Norwich. But Susan Slaughter decided it deserved a more impressive billing and put it up for auction at Horner's collectors' sale in Acle on Saturday.

The engine - which can be powered by steam or electricity - was completed in 1978 and went on display for a time in the window of Cookes music shop in St Benedict's, Norwich.


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It took Mr Sunderland two years to craft the engine, made out of brass and copper, and during his lifetime he turned down a bid for �3,000 from an American admirer because it was one of his prize possessions.

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