Dreweatts: Pete Waterman's Train Collection

When pop impresario Pete Waterman auctioned off £1 million worth of his model train collection, Alban Shipping transported the collection to Mallett of Mayfair and set up 56 of the finest scratch-built models ever made on custom plinths made by sister company Alban Cases.


Packing and Transporting the Trains

Alban Shipping created custom wooden cases for the valuable and detailed models, some of which are set to fetch as much as £120,000-£150,000 at the auction. Expert case-maker Robert commented: “It was important to secure each of the models inside the case, so we added custom rails and padded batons.” He added: “Dreweatts also needed to display the models impactfully at the Mayfair showroom so we also built and painted plinths for each of the trains.” A crew of 6 experienced art and antique handlers were ready to transport the models to Mallett and complete the eye-catching installation with the aid of specialist platforms and pump trucks. Alban Shipping Director Andrew Jackman said “Our teams are trained not only to take the utmost care with the items they handle, but also when they are working in historic and ornate venues such as Mallett.”

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