Building sites and BR with John Goodwin

06 September 2022
A recent sale carried plenty to entice the collector

The recent sale at John Goodwin carried plenty to entice the railwayana collector, with engine shed plaques, cast iron railway signs and even a framed railway timetable poster dated October 2 1944 appertaining to the GWR – this wartime nostalgia sold for £25. Alternatively, how about a brass tram control handle? That realised £30, while a long yellow cast iron plate embossed with Craven Brothers Manchester was bid to £90.

On the toy front, there were many lots relating to railways, with Hornby rolling stock and accessories predominant, in both HO and O gauges. An HO tinplate station with two ramps, together with a later goods shed, sold for just £35 and a O gauge selection, comprising two signal boxes, two sets of buffers, a crane, a hut and two water towers realised £50.

Elsewhere, a pair of wooden (albeit empty) Meccano No 9 boxes were snapped up for £50 while a good selection of Bayko, together with a wooden building block set, was a steal at a tenner. Rather more unusual was the tinplate British (Wells Brimtoy?) military motorcycle with rider, which featured a machine gun where the headlight would have been mounted. This clockwork creation sold for £80.

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