The term “railwayana” can cover all sorts of rail-related memorabilia, from engravings of Victorian carriages to recently retired nameplates of recently retired HST electric cars.
Collecting such materials has become a way for thousands of enthusiasts to own their own piece of railway and, contrary to what some might think, need not be an expensive hobby as some items only sell for some books. What is evident is that a number of collectors buy and sell items – station totems and locomotive nameplates or the like – which may be of personal interest or importance because of where they lived. or where they spotted trains in their youth.
One of the main sources for buying and selling is through specialist rail auctions (see p30), but items may also appear for sale on online auctions or social media sites. Additionally, there may also be a “find” at a local thrift store. It was in the 1960s when The Railway Magazine started running advertisements for nameplates, cab side number plates, smoke box number plates and enamel plates, and ever since the hobby massively expanded into the multi-million pound trade it is today.
While this supplement is just a taster, we hope you’ll feel encouraged enough to participate if the mood strikes…especially since it’s never too late to start collecting.
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