‘It’s the perfect house but I just can’t sell it’: Homeowner who keeps four railway engines in garden amazed he can’t find a buyer for knock-down semi
17:16 GMT, 26 November 2012
It has two bedrooms, a large garden and would be every inch the perfect family home – if it didn’t have four railway engines parked on the back lawn.
The semi-detached home, in a quiet cul-de-sac, is available for the knock-down price of 74,500 as owner Mel Thorley desperately seeks a buyer.
Mr Thorley says he has been left with steam coming out of his ears by the number of people who have come to view the property – only to make tracks as soon as they see the locomotives.
Mel Thorley is trying to sell his house, which is also known as Riverside Station, but is having no luck
The house comes complete with four train engines weighing 20 tons in the back garden
Thorley has tried selling the house for 149,000 with the trains removed, with no joy. No he's trying to sell it – with the engines in-situ, for half that price at 74,500
Mr Thorley, a retired train driver, said: 'It’s a perfect house with a spiral staircase, triple-glazing, two garages and six off-road parking spaces – but I just can’t sell it.'
The house – in Buttercup Drive, Adswood, Stockport – was owned by his uncle and keen railway enthusiast, Eric Hobson.
The pair bought the four engines, which each weigh five tons, following the break-up of British Rail.
They found them in scrap yards and had them delivered by crane, with plans to open the garden as a small museum.
But when Mr Hobson died in 2006 aged 93 he left the house to Mr Thorley, who has been unable to sell it ever since.
From the front, the house looks like any other, but around the back lurks a surprise
Mel and his uncle bought the four engines following the break-up of British Rail, with the plan to open the garden as a small museum
Mel, who is a retired train driver, is hoping a railway enthusiast will buy his house
He has offered it for sale for 149,000 with the trains removed, but is now trying to sell it, with the engines in-situ, for half that price, 74,500.
Mr Thorley, 65, is telling viewers they can buy the house while he retains ownership of the garden, and that he will cut the grass and keep an eye out while they are on holiday.
The house stands within 60ft of the West Coast Mainline and sees hundreds of trains go past every day. It is also next to the old Midland line that still carries freight trains.
Mr Thorley said: 'This is a nice little house and you can get six cars on the drive, but people would rather live in a terrace with damp and no parking. They see what’s in the garden and then they just go. They don’t want 20 tons of metal.
'It’s a great garden for sunbathing, the neighbours are great and it’s a good price. This house is perfect for the right person. I’m sure there’s a railway enthusiast somewhere who would snap my hand off.
'Somebody out there will want it, but the challenge is to find them.'
Mel has said that buyers have been put off the house as 'they dont want 20 tons of metal'
Not only would you have trains in your back garden if you bought this house, but the property stands within 60ft of the West Coast Mainline and sees hundreds of trains go past every day