The second Stafford Railwayana Auction of 2019 took place on July 6, with the top price achieved going to the ‘Western’ nameplate and cabside set from D1001 Western Pathfinder – setting a new record for the class at £15,500. Modern traction nameplates continue to shine, with Class 47 No. 47593 Galloway Princess at £3,500 and Class 86 electric nameplate from No. 86242 James Kennedy G.C. made £3,000.
In steam, the brass oval LNER worksplate from Gresley Pacific No. 4487 Sea Eagle/Walter K Wigham engraved with ‘No. 1852 Doncaster 1937’, soared to reach £6,000 to a delighted A4 enthusiast – while the smokebox numberplate from LMS Jubilee No. 45560 Prince Edward Island fetched £2,400.
A total of 62 totem station signs were offered here, with rarity and quality continuing to take the headlines. The B.R.(M) pairing of Northampton Castle and Northampton Bridge Street saw £6,100 and £4,000 respectively, while first time out B.R.(W) St.Clears made £3,300. A stunning fully flanged B.R.(E) Mablethorpe took £2,800 whilst from Scotland, Dundee Tay Bridge saw £2,400 and a nice pairing of Newport-on-Tay West and East examples were not far behind at £2,300 each.
Next stop: Channel 4!
Filming took place during the auction in connection with a new Channel Four series now in production depicting ‘Scotland’s Wonderful Railways’, to be aired later in the year.
More totems are due to be sold at Mid-Hants Auctions in New Alresford on October 26 and at Stafford on February 8, 2020.