DOMINIC Winter, who included the Alfred A. Charleswoth collection of old railway tickets as part of their recent collectors' and transport sale, had only a limited track record on which to rely – they sold a rare ticket for around £2000 some seven years ago.
After this latest event on November 16-17, however, we are all
much the wiser as to high-priced demand for such things.
There were some 40 people in the room bidding for this 100-lot
collection of tickets from the 1860s to the 1920s, some offered
individually, others in groups of various sizes. And there were
many more bids on commission or via the internet.
Most of the bidders were private and some, I trust, endeavoured
to reach South Cerney by way of nearby Kemble station. The dealing
side was represented by Platform Tickets, a firm whose proprietor
was able to assure the auctioneers that, with premiums taken into
account, they had set a price record for a single ticket.
Collectors, its seems, may collect tickets from particular
stations, especially those that were only in existence for a short
period, or perhaps go for tickets issued by certain railway
companies. Others may be interested in the railway lines of a
Any concerns that this would be a difficult sale were mostly
removed by the numbers who turned up to bid, and completely
vanished when the very first ticket to be offered, a first class
single valid on the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway for a journey
from Wooda Bay to Barnstaple Town, sold for £2500 rather than the
The ticket is dated August 24, 1904, but obviously they still
had plenty of tickets to use up as the station had been re-named
Woody Bay three years earlier. The original price of 3/4d has also
been reduced and altered by hand to 2/8d - and for younger readers
that is roughly the equivalent of 13p in today's money.
Another first class single, this time for an 1871 journey from
Ottery Road to Honiton on the L&SWR line, sold at £3000.
Bidding peaked at £3200 for a first class single for travel between
Banagher and Maryborough on the Irish Clara & Banagher Railway.
Issued on the 11th April, 0(?), it originally cost 9/4d, as the
autograph amendment indicates.
The buyer's premium was 17.5%.
By Ian McKay