SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The Paul Jarosz Collection of Model Trains on Sunday, June 11, starting at 10:30 am Pacific time. The auction features more than 275 lots – almost all O gauge and mostly Lionel – from a Northern Californian train enthusiast who collected for decades. The sale presents a variety of desirable train offerings from the 1970s and later, several mint stock, many barely used, and most in their original boxes. These include locomotives, switchers, tenders and cabooses; numerous groupings and sets; and a wide selection of train cars, including passenger, diner, baggage and mail (Madison and Heavyweight among them), box, freight, flat, hopper, tank, ore, rotary gondolas, husky stacks and autocarriers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
There are also Christmas and holiday trains and cars, sets and train cars for girls or boys, and Thomas & Friends material. Also on offer are many accessories: besides FasTrack and a legacy control system, the sale features a colorful selection of Department 56 and Hawthorne Village buildings and village collections to enhance train modules. Most lots are Lionel model trains, but other manufacturers represented in the lineup include K-Line, MTH, Rail King, Atlas, Williams, Sunset, Right of Way Industries, RMT, Weaver and others. Rounding out the sale are groupings of Virginia & Truckee Railroad shipping and waybills from years past from another collector.
About Paul Jarosz and His Collection
Born in Detroit, Paul Jarosz received his first electric train, as many children do, for Christmas, when he was seven. This gift launched a passion for model trains that has had multiple iterations through the years. Jarosz began to collect Lionel trains starting in the 1970s for about 10 years, then moved on to other gauges and manufacturers, including N, HO, G and MTH.
About 20 years ago, Jarosz returned to Lionel O gauge trains and has been a committed Lionel collector ever since, acquiring his model trains from train shops, mail order, train shows and swap meets. In fact, his hobby became an important part of his later life: he worked for seven years in the Train Shop in San Jose; was a member of multiple model train groups, including serving as president of the Golden State Toy Train Operators (GSTTO); and helped showcase train modules for the public’s enjoyment in various venues such as the Vallco Shopping Mall and a local airport.
As times have changed and Jarosz’s interests have evolved, trains have ceded to other priorities, including more people-focused activities at his church. Now, as his expansive collection goes to auction, Lionel enthusiasts will be eager to get on board. Highlights of the June 11 sale include:
A Lionel O Gauge BNSF Ice Cold Express set, which includes an AC6000 Locomotive Reefer with Ice Cold Smoke Reefer with generator sounds. The reefer comes with interior load, and there is an extended vision caboose. Also offered in this lot are the original boxes and original set box. The whole is estimated at $500-$700.
A Sunset Models 3rd Rail, die cast O Scale NYC 4-6-2 Mercury (3 Rail) in its original packaging, estimated at $400-$600.
A Lionel 6-82205 BNSF Legacy ES44AC #7695, in its original box and shipping carton, estimated at $350-$700.
A Lionel O Gauge 6-81094 Conrail Big Blue Hi-Cube boxcar set in its original shelf-worn set box. It includes a Conrail SD70MAC #4133, two Conrail 86′ Hi-Cube boxcars, a Grand Trunk 86′ Hi-Cube boxcar, and a Norfolk Southern 86′ Hi-Cube boxcar. It carries an estimate of $300-$600.
A Lionel O Gauge 6-18381 Pennsylvania BB1 electric locomotive, road number 4751, in its original box. Its estimate is $300-$500.
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