Is your toy train worth more than silver?


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    Your toy train could be more valuable than precious metal.

    A leading platform for personal financial advice has shown what valuable toy trains people may have kept at home, and how profitable toy train collecting can be than silver.

    Hornby train sets

    Toy train

    To demonstrate how profitable a toy train collection can be, the Forbes Advisor platform compared the original price of five Hornby multiple units in 1972 to their private resale prices almost 50 years later in 2021/2022 (inflation was not applied). .

    1. The children’s train set – 1972 price: £ 7.73 / 2021 price: £ 140
    2. Flying Scotsman set – 1972 price: £ 10.45 / 2021 price: £ 18
    3. Freight Master Set – 1972 price: £ 8.51 / 2021 price: £ 89.99
    4. Express passenger set – 1972 price: £ 9.68 / 2021 price: £ 99.99
    5. Night mail set – Price 1972: £ 11.20 / Price 2021: £ 95.00

    When analyzing the percentage increase for the five train sets, Forbes Advisor found that the value of model trains increased an average of 1203% from 1972 to 2021. Interestingly, when comparing these statistics with other valuable assets, it has been found that investing in model trains is more profitable than silver.

    If you look at the cost of silver per ounce, the data shows that from 1972 (£ 1.54 per ounce) to 2021 (£ 17.02 per ounce) there was a 1005% ** increase, which is 20% less than Hornby’s train sets.

    the most valuable train sets

    Additionally, Forbes Advisor has partnered with toy expert Peter Jenkinson to identify the most valuable train sets people can have at home:

    1. Märklin gauge 0 locomotive – £ 850
    2. Bachmann spectrum G-track – £ 700
    3. A complete set of ward staff in the original packaging, including station master, military policeman, guard waving flag, luggage rack with trolleys and various items of luggage – £ 550
    4. Thomas the tank locomotive Hornby clockwork train 1983 – £ 500
    5. Bournemouth Belle by Hornby Dublo, 1963 – £ 500

    Jenkinson has pointed out that Thomas The Tank Engine pieces from the 1960s or celebratory 60th anniversary pieces in 2005 with original packaging are toys that are likely to appreciate in value. A full breakdown of the research and instructions on how to buy Collector Multiple Units can be found here here.

    What the experts say

    Forbes Advisor’s financial expert Kevin Pratt said:

    “We all have to wonder now and then whether we still have ‘cash in the attic’, as is the case with the popular BBC TV program (and Channel 5 from 2022). And the rise in popularity of vintage toys means we don’t have to rely on finding a piece of Ming Dynasty porcelain that once served as Grandma’s fruit bowl or a forgotten JMW Turner masterpiece. Modest toy trains made in the last few decades can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

    “The most important things to look out for when rummaging around in the attic, garage, or shed are the condition of the items – ‘mint’ could make you a mint – and their collectability. So if you do a little research on an excavated attic and find that it is rare and highly sought after, you could be on a winning ticket. «

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