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In June, as ever, nameplates took the big money – that of the 145 Squadron from a Southern Railway 4-6-2 Light Pacific Battle of Britain class loco built in 1948 and cut up in 1968, took £32,200 and Cardigan Castle, carried by the GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 loco built in Swindon in 1925, and cut up 38 years and 1,812,341 miles later, took £21,100. Such is the pressure on nameplate prices that modern traction plates are now fetching big money. Here Sea King, carried by a diesel electric BoBo type built in 1960 but only named in 1991 before being withdrawn in 1997, sold for £4400.

Mr Wright described some of the other prices as “frankly astounding”. A Manning Wardles worksplate from a Lynton & Barnstaple engine brought £8200, another from a Highland Railway loco of 1874 made £7100 and among the station tokens one for Knaresborough took £3400 and another for St Andrews made £2400.

Associated items also sold well, with examples including a Cornish Riviera poster for £2200; a Master Cutler glass sign at £2100, a Manchester & Leeds Railway book for £1060 and a GWR silver-plated cheese dish at £500.

Sheffield Railwayana Auctions, June 16 No buyer’s premium