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Featured in our Stafford Auction
held on Saturday 11th January 2014


Lot 250

Brass LNER WORKSPLATE from "COCK O' THE NORTH". The original Worksplate from one of the most iconic and well photographed locos ever built: Gresley's masterpiece, the prototype of his P2 2-8-2 class No. 2001. Built Doncaster in 1934 for the heavy Waverley - Aberdeen expresses, via the Forth Bridge. Shedded at Haymarket. Gresley was a friend of Chapelon and Cock o' The North was taken by OVS Bullied (who had worked on the design as assistant to Gresley) to the SNCF test plant in Vitry, France. Cock o' The North was rebuilt by Gresley with a (Bugatti) A4 type front end in 1937. After Gresley's death the loco was rebuilt again by Thompson in 1944 as a Pacific and was a forerunner of his A2 class. The Worksplate bears an additional casting in brass which was added in 1944 to signify the rebuilding. Became BR 60501 under nationalisation and was shedded latterly at York. A classic piece of railway history and an iconic plate.

Sold for 10000

Rare items

This pages shows several rare or unusual items that we have found or have been offered to us to sell - privately or in auction.

You could have 'hidden treasures' that could appear here.

They could be rare.

They could be valuable.

They could be 'lone surviving examples'..

If you have any special pieces of railwayana that you want valued then please contact us


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West Croydon
Watford North


A Rare Totem in a Railwayana Auction for the first time

In next Stafford Auction

Rare wooden totem previously not known to have existed

A Rare Totem Discovered previously not known to have survived

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City of Birmingham Gas Department Wagon Plate
Carriage Boards find
CWS Wagon Plate


A cast iron oval wagon plate “CITY OF BIRMINGHAM, BUILDERS, GAS DEPARTMENT”.

Dug up from the ex-Cambrian Railway Works carriage sidings in Oswestry, now part of a new building development site. The vendor was erecting a new boundary fence, while digging out a hole, hit & unearthed this historic, never seen before plate.

WHAT A FIND!!. UNTOUCHED. Size 8½”x 5”.

Further info has revealed that this plate probably came off a 4 wheel wagon that was one of a number used in the building of the Elan Valley Dams and Reservoirs for City of Birmingham, Water Department in the late 19th & early 20th century.

A number of Carriage Boards were discovered in the loft of a terraced house near Wolverton. It is believed that the house was once owned by a worker at the Carriage Works.

A number of these boards were auctioned at Stafford Railwayana Auction in January 2009. A further 15 carriage boards are to be auctioned at Stafford on 5 September 2009.

See the remaining 15 carriage boards

Rare Wagon plate

In next Stafford Auction


Flame Cut 55 011
C/I Ayrshire & Greenock Railway Company
Radlett painted over Caledonian Road


Flame cut ex-Deltic, 55 011
The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

Another treasure, possibly not been seen before by Railwayana Collectors.

Anything known about the Ayrshire & Greenock Railway Company?

If you can help withany info/details' of this Railway Company then please contact us


A RADLETT totem was offered for the Stafford auction. We noticed the paintwork peeling and that it had been painted over an original totem. We carefully removed the top paint and literally uncovered a treasure!

CALEDONIAN ROAD & BARNSBURY station closed and the totem was re-used. The underlying totem is quite rare.


Barnard Castle F/F Totem



BR(NE) Full Flanged Totem BARNARD CASTLE

Previously only half flanged totems known to have survived

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