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Cherished collection of Railway memorabilia to be auctioned


Railway lover's collection could make up to £20k

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 17, 2014


  • The memorabilia up for sale includes, clockwise from top left, Bourne's the History and Description of the Great Western Railway of 1846 – estimate £1,500-£2,000; A Guide on the North Midland Railway – estimate £80-£120; a London and North Western Railway Company clock – estimate £250-£300; and a Great Eastern Railway Company platform bench – estimate £200-£300.

A CHERISHED collection of railway memorabilia owned by an Ashbourne man who died in April is expected to sell for up to £20,000 at auction tomorrow.

Richard Shaw, who died aged 60, made headlines in the 1970s after buying and restoring a steam locomotive which became the centre-piece of his collection. He also owned hordes of railway literature and other items of interest.

The collection is due to be auctioned off by his family.

His wife, June, said: "We very much hope that others will be able to derive as much pleasure from Richard's collection as he did. 


"He had friends all over the country with a shared interest in steam engines and mechanics and we hope that some of these people will bid for items that bring back happy memories of time spent with Richard. Not all the pieces are expensive but they all represent a little bit of Richard."

Mr Shaw grew up with a passion for the history of the Midland Railway and, by the 1970s and 1980s, his interests had widened to include railway literature from the days of the Stockton and Darlington Railway up to the early 20th century.

His collection is made up of some of the best railway books of the 19th century and includes Bourne's Great Western Railway of 1846, which is described by auctioneer Nigel Kirk as "one of the greatest books on the subject, the 'holy grail' for collectors of railwayana". The book, which comes with lithograph plates, is expected to sell for around £2,000.

Other items include a Great Eastern Railway platform bench from 1900, expected to sell for around £250, and a London and North Western Railway station wall clock, which could sell for £350. Mr Kirk said: "This is a superb collection that includes many of the very best railway books of the 19th century.

"One with a particularly interesting provenance is Edwin Clark's famous book on the Britannia and Conway bridges of 1850 as it was previously owned by the Duke of Devonshire. Complete in three volumes, it once graced the shelves of the library at Chatsworth.

"There is also an extremely early edition of Bradshaw, the 'bible' of railway timetables.

"It doesn't look much bearing in mind its historical importance but early timetables like this were tiny, thin books, no larger than the catalogue illustration.

"Another interesting item is a handwritten itinerary or account of a journey on a train on the North Midland railway in May 1841. At that early date, those that ventured on trains were thought to be intrepid travellers."

The auction will start at 10am at Mellors and Kirk's Auction House in Gregory Street, Nottingham.

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