Great Western Railway drum clock
A Great Western Railway brass cased drum clock is on offer at East Bristol Auctions on August 17. The enamel dial is marked GWR and, like most of such clocks, carries the maker’s name Kay & Co, Paris.
Kay took on the contract to supply clocks, watches and timepieces to GWR as part of its purchase of clockmaker Skarratt & Co in 1896. This examples measures 9.5cm in diameter and has the same number stamped on the case, cover and movement (4324).
Hornby’s ‘Princess Elizabeth’
A 1938 Hornby Princess Elizabeth locomotive and tender is on offer at Lacy Scott & Knight in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on August 18. Built in 1933 in Crewe, the locomotive was named after the then seven-year-old Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II.
It remained in service with London Midland and Scottish Railway, and then British Rail until November 1962. Costing a hefty £5, the Hornby scale model was the biggest 0 gauge locomotive that it made and came in a wooden presentation box with a large sticker inside the lid.
Bradshaw’s Railway Companion
Before he started producing his famous railway guides, the cartographer and publisher George Bradshaw initially published a compilation of railway timetables called Bradshaw's Railway Time Tables and Assistant to Railway Travelling in 1839. A year later its title was changed to Bradshaw's Railway Companion (and its price was raised from sixpence to one shilling).
A copy of this 1840 edition is offered at Lacy Scott & Knight on August 18, showing which companies were already in operation during this early stage of railway development in the UK.
Clifton Rocks railway token
The Clifton Rocks Railway along Bristol's Portway was opened in 1893 after a arduous construction project cutting into the cliffs of the Avon Gorge. Closed in 1934, a group of volunteers is now aiming to preserve and restore the railway.
A passenger token from the opening day will be offered at East Bristol Auctions on August 17. The back of the token reads: Issued To The Passengers On The Opening Day, March 11th 1893.
A Great Northern Railway public warning sign not to trespass on the railway is another lot on offer at Lacy Scott & Knight on August 18. The cast-iron sign (that been over-painted) is dated July 1896 and threatens the penalty of 40 shillings for violations.