EJ’s Auction & Appraisal, 5880 W. Bell Road, Glendale, will auction hundreds of Lionel trains on three consecutive Fridays in April – April 2, 9 and 16.
Auctions will take place online at ejsauction.com beginning at noon.
The majority of the trains are considered new old stock, which means they are brand new, never been out of the box trains that are no longer in production. Some have been test run only, some used, and some are even still sealed in original factory boxes. The collection includes 13 pallets worth of diesels, steam engines, passenger cars, rolling stock, bridges, buildings, full sets and other Lionel accessories. There are also some other brands included.
“This is one of the largest train collections I’ve ever seen auctioned off at one time,” EJ’s Auction auctioneer and owner Erik Hoyer stated. “Whether you are a beginning or a seasoned train collector, there will be trains and sets of interest to you.”
Consignor Wyatt Orr grew up collecting model trains with his dad more than 40 years ago. He decided it would be fun to continue the tradition with his own young son.
After about 10 years of serious collecting and a divorce, Mr. Orr and his son began to feel overwhelmed by the size of their collection. Together, they took 85 hours to categorize, construct lots, and pack up the majority of the train collection for auction. They kept a manageable collection to construct their own layout.
“Trains are a beloved hobby for many, including younger generations who may inherit collections from their parents and grandparents,” Mr. Hoyer said. “A collection of this size going up for auction is rare.”
The trains are available for preview at EJ’s Auction, located on the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale. In addition, train collectors can preview items online and register to bid at ejsauction.com.
Auctions are subject to a 20% Buyer’s Premium.
Visit ejsauction.com or call 623-878-2003.