Railwayana auction boss David Lewis dies aged 56

By Geoff Courtney

The close-knit world of railwayana is mourning the death of David Lewis, who died on August 2 at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer.

He is the second auction house principal to pass away in his fifties in a little over a year, following the death 14 months ago of Solent Railwayana’s Nigel Maddock.

In recent years David, who leaves a widow Helen and two children, Peter and Claire, had run railwayana auctions at Crewe Heritage Centre, but his involvement with the movement stretched back many years.

ad passing: Crewe Railwayana boss David Lewis, who has passed away aged 56, displays a nameplate from LMS Jubilee No. 45566 Queensland at one of his auctions. JOHN HUGHES

Among the many who knew him was Mike Soden, director and auctioneer of Great Central Railwayana. “I knew him as a collector for about 30 years, before he ran any auctions.
“He had a wide and varied range of interests, from nameplates to cashbag labels, and was both a buyer and seller from an early age.”

Hobby to full-time role David, who became a grandfather for the first time just a month before he died, held his first railwayana auction at Stoke in the early-1990s, and after a spell away from these sales resumed them at Crewe eight years ago.

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