All Aboard! Turner Auctions + Appraisals Presents The Paul Guaraglia Collection Of Model Trains

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Over 220 Lots Go Up for Bid on Saturday, March 6

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 17, 2021 – Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present The Paul Guaraglia Collection of Model Trains on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 10:30 am PST. Featuring over 220 lots, the sale presents a variety of train offerings, including locomotives, various train cars, sets, accessories, buildings and other structures, track sections, switches, transformers, parts, and other items to enhance train layouts. Among the manufacturers are Lionel, Marx, Ives, MTH, Fleischmann, Mantua, Roundhouse, Bachmann, American Flyer, Weaver, Rail King and others, in Standard, O, S, HO, N and Z gauges. Dinky and Matchbox Toys, several wind-up sets, and other train-related items round out the sale.

Lionel 752E Union Pacific M10000
Lionel 752E Union Pacific M10000

A San Francisco Bay Area resident, Paul Guaraglia (pictured at right) is a long-time model train enthusiast who has collected for well over 50 years. Housed in a separate room in his home, Mr. Guaraglia’s vast collection is showcased in his inviting layout. In it, he replicates a rambling urban environment, featuring landmark buildings from various cities and eras, with trains and train tracks threaded throughout. Mr. Guaraglia is the past and current president of the Golden Gate American Flyer Club, founded in 1970.

Lionel 292 Set
Lionel 292 Set

Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 10:30 am PST; sale items are available for preview and bidding now. The auction will be featured live on multiple platforms:  LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, Bidsquare, iCollector, and Turner Auctions + Appraisals’ free mobile app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Apps (“Turner Auctions”). All are easily accessed through ‘Upcoming Auctions’ at the company’s website:

Here are some highlights of the upcoming sale (see details in the online catalog):  

Lot 2:  Lionel 292 Set. With 248 Red locomotive, 630 Red Pullman, 629 Red Observation, Set Box, Ragged Car and Locomotive Boxes. Locomotive has pantograph, headlight, whistle, springs, ladders, handrails. Clean set with light wear and tear. Estimate $150 – $300. (Photo, top left)

Lot 14:  Lionel 253 locomotive, Peacock Blue with orange window. Manual reverse. Handrails, whistle, pantograph, headlights journals, air tanks all present. Estimate $50 – $150. (Photo, top right)

Lot 11:  Marx Mickey Mouse windup Locomotive and Tender, Boxcar, Gondola and Caboose – all with graphics. Tinplate wheels. Estimate $150 – $300. (Photo, middle left)

Lot 18:  Lionel train cars. Lionel 2530 Baggage, 2533 Silver Cloud Pullman, 2534 Silver Bluff Pullman, 2532 Silver Range, 2532 Silver Range, 2532 Silver Range, 2531 Silver Dawn Observation 2530 Aluminum Streamline Baggage Car. Estimate $200 – $400. (Photo, lower left)

Lot 24:  Lionel 2338 Black and Orange Milwaukee Road GP7. Handrails and horn intact. $100 – $300. (Photo, lower right)

Lot 30:  Ives train cars. Ives 3238 Locomotive, 550 Baggage Car, 60 Baggage Car, 61 Chair Car, 62 Parlor Car, 68 Observation Car 3238 New York Central Lines Locomotive. Gray with red trim and black frame. Estimate $100 – $300. (Photo, top right)

Lot 40:  MTH 

10-4053 Tinplate Traditions Standard Gauge Switch Tower Green/Cream, Maroon. In original packaging. Reproduction of Lionel Pre War Standard Gauge Switch Tower. Estimate $100 – $200. (Photo, top left)

Lot 43:  

Lionel 2321 Lackawanna FM, hand-rails, trucks and couplers intact. Estimate $100 – $300. (Photo, middle right)

Lot 64:  Lionel train cars. Lionel 2354P New York Central F3 A Unit – Powered, 2354C New York Central F3 B Unit – Dummy, 2354T New York Central F3 A Unit – Dummy, Lionel 2354P New York Central F3 A unit – Powered. Horns, vents, ladders, portholes, pickups, couplers, nose decal intact. Estimate $100 – $300. (Photo, lower left)

Lot 77:  Lionel train cars. Lionel 6-19019 SP Heavyweight Baggage Car, 6-19023 SP Arcata Bay Heavyweight Car, 6-19024 SP Half Moon Bay Heavyweight Car, 6-19025 SP Drakes Bay Heavyweight Car, 6-19026 SP Sunset Bat Heavyweight Observation Car 6-19019 Southern Pacific Daylight Madison Type Heavyweight Baggage Car. Estimate $200 – $300. (Photo, bottom right)

Lot 197:  Lionel 6-38585 O Gauge Norfolk Southern SD80 MAC. Estimate $150 – $300. (Photo, top right)

Lot 92:  Lionel 6-11710 CP Rail Limited Set. 6-11710 Canadian Pacific Rail Limited Set in original box from 1989. 

6-18203 SD-40 Locomotive, 6-17200 Box Car, 6-17300 Box Car, 6-17107 Hopper, 6-17500 Flat Car with Logs, 6-17400 Gondola, 

6-19705 Caboose. Estimate $200 – $300. (Photo, left)

Lot 187:  O Gauge Lionel Pennsylvania Railroad 6-51702 Smoking. Caboose looks like it has not been out of the box. Estimate $50 – $100. (Photo, middle right)

Lot 164:  HO Scale-Mantua 99 0-4-0 

Locomotive with Slope Back Tender – Southern Pacific, Mantua 99 0-4-0 Locomotive with Slope Back Tender – Union Pacific. Estimate $50 – $100. (Photo, lower right)

Previous Photos — 

Paul Guaraglia and his model train layout (Photo, top right, page 1)

Lot 1:  Lionel 752E Union Pacific M10000. Locomotive, coach, observation, two vestibules. Estimate $200 – $500. (Photo, bottom left, page 1)



Based in South San Francisco, Turner Auctions + Appraisals was founded by Stephen Turner to expand and complement the capabilities of Stephen G. Turner Associates, an auction and appraisal consulting firm founded in 2004. Turner Auctions + Appraisals presents online auctions in diverse categories of personal property ( Among them are Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, Asian Arts, Toys, Jewelry, Militaria, Ethnic Arts, and others.  The company offers a range of auction and appraisal services for buyers, sellers, and collectors.  Online auctions are held several times a month.  Working with leading live and online auction houses on the West Coast since 1991, Turner is a professional appraiser of personal property and seasoned auctioneer.  His areas of expertise include fine art, decorative arts, antiques & residential contents.  The company welcomes consignments and appraisals.

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