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As usual, locomotive nameplates took the top prices - The York And Ainsty, shown right, from an LNER Hunt Class steam loco going at £32,000 and, setting a record for a diesel, the historic Falcon, below right, going at £22,500.

Probably of wider interest to any dealers offered railwayana, was auctioneer Ian Wright's assessment of lots other than nameplates. These averaged £650 per lot, the highest these rooms have seen.

Collectors can, just about, come in at a low level, but almost anything to do with railways is now expensive. Station totems, for instance, once easily obtainable, now usually make four figures. Here, one for Merston, on the Isle of Wight, took £4400.

Then there is what might be called the accessories market. At Sheffield, two table lamps from Pullman cars sold at what Mr Wright called an astonishing £5500 (a record) and £3600 and a handlamp marked Cleator & Workington Junction made £3900.

Otherwise workaday clocks take on a new price structure with, for instance, a drop-dial example marked North Staffordshire Railway making £2800 and even horse brasses get a new shine - one marked Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway sold at £1200.