25 August 2011
The Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at Derby on Saturday 11th June featured some fine steam era locomotive nameplates and train headboards. The top price of the day was a hammer price of £18,500 (plus 10% buyer's premium + VAT), paid for 'Lord Rutherford of Nelson' from LMS 'Jubilee' Class 4-6-0 No 45665. ...
The Sheffield Railwayana Auction held at Derby on Saturday 11th June featured some fine steam era locomotive nameplates and train headboards.
The top price of the day was a hammer price of £18,500 (all prices quoted are hammer prices to which 10% buyer's premium + VAT must be added), paid for 'Lord Rutherford of Nelson' from LMS 'Jubilee' Class 4-6-0 No 45665. This locomotive was unusually named after the famous scientist, Ernest Rutherford, and the two-line name made it particularly sought after. Another ex-'Jubilee' plate 'Ulster', from No 45739, went for £10,600. The 1977 vintage LNWR Precedent Class plate 'Phantom' sold at £12,440, while 'Beaconsfield', from 1875-built GWR Queen Class 2-2-2 No 1122, surprisingly came in under the £10k mark at £9,600.
'The Thames-Clyde Express' headboard, as carried by the post-war St Pancras-Glasgow St Enoch service, sold at £4,350, while 'The Norseman' with its twin Viking longboat badges, an East Coast Main Line 1950s/mid-1960s working between King's Cross and Newcastle, went for £2,400.
Diesel locomotive worksplates fared well with £1,800 paid for English Electric/Vulcan Foundry 2926/D578 of 1961 from 'Deltic' D9021, while North British locomotive No.27994 of 1962 from 'Warship' D865 sold for £1,550.
The attraction of the Southern Railway's narrow gauge Lynton & Barnstaple Railway was proved again when an enamel poster heading board sold at £3,000! A British Railways Eastern Region station totem sign from Biggleswade sold well at £2,100, while St Neots, from a little further north on the same line, went at £400.
An attractive brass single line staff key engraved “Betwen The Mound and Dornoch” on both sides sold for £2,400, while a brass single line tablet “Robin Hoods Bay-Prospect Hill 15” raised £1,050. An LNER signal box board from Cleethorpes found a new home at £920, while, still on the East Coast, the signalbox diagram for Mablethorpe Junction went for £550, with that from Mablethorpe Station reaching £480.
The next Sheffield Railwayana Auction is to be held at Derby on Saturday 10th September.
PICTURED: Some of the steam locomotive nameplates and train headboards featured in the 11th June Sheffield Railwayana Auction.