Great Central Railwayana Auctions

Auction Catalogue Notes and Announcements

Great Central Railwayana Ltd
Sheffield Railwayana Auctions & Railwayana.Net
14 School Street, Woodford Halse, Daventry, NN11 3RL

Contact Details

Office hours: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Monday to Friday


David Jones / Mike Soden, Tel: 01327 262193 / 263633



Please ensure you send a copy of your email to each address.

Bidding at Stoneleigh

If you attend the auction, on arrival, please hand in your yellow registration card at the cash desk (this ensures you continue to receive catalogues) retaining the half with your unique number to be used during the auction to signal your bids.

You may pay for and collect your purchases at any time during the auction, though please allow five minutes after each lot for purchase details to be recorded.

We accept debit card payments at all our sales.

Card issuing companies can randomly ask us to telephone to authorise your transaction if their security systems identify an "unusual" spending pattern. You may wish to notify your bank/card company that you may be buying and give the date and our company name. We hope that this will avoid any unnecessary delays.

Absentee Bidding

If you are not attending the sale, you have three options detailed below. In all cases, please check the information, the lot number and quote your bidding number.

You can telephone us on 01327 262193 / 263633 between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. up to and including the Thursday before the auction quoting your bidding number. We will then record your maximum bid.

You can post your yellow bidding form, enclosed with the printed catalogue, to be received at Woodford Halse by the Thursday prior to the auction.

Email your bids, quoting your bidding number, before 5 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the auction, with a copy to each of the email addresses above. If you would like an acknowledgment, please tick the box on your computer for an automated confirmation that we have received and read your email. We are happy for you to include bids in the text of your email, you do not need to put them in a separate attachment.

Live Telephone Bidding

To book a live phone bid, please contact us by telephone and we will arrange to call you during the auction. You can then bid live on lots that you are interested in. To use this service you must register as a bidder or already be registered with us and contact us by 5 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the auction quoting your bidding number, lot number of the lots you wish to bid on and a brief description of the item. It is vital that you check the details, we will read these back to you for confirmation.

Phone bidding is available for lots where the top estimate is £300 or higher.

In the event of any difficulty contacting you, or problems with the mobile phone networks, we will bid on your behalf up to the lower end of the estimate. You can, however, leave a higher fall-back figure when booking your call.

Emergency Contact Details

Our team will be setting up the auction on Friday and we are unable to take calls other than between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on 07778 146801 or 07949 708735. Please DO NOT leave voice or text messages on these numbers. We can also be contacted by email at . We would ask that you use this facility sparingly, for example if you are suddenly unable to attend the auction for any reason.

Sale Results

Results (with bidding number) are posted on our website early Saturday evening. Please check here. Invoices will be posted first class on Monday. Please await invoice and delivery/collection options before contacting us.

Lots can be collected by prior arrangement free of charge or can be dispatched by post or by our shippers subject to a postage and packing charge and at the buyer's risk. We can also deliver to other railwayana events, details will be given on your invoice.

A buyer's premium of 15% + VAT at standard rate applies to all purchases from Great Central Railwayana Ltd.

Great Central Railwayana Live Auctions 2018/2019

Stoneleigh: 1 December 2018, 2 March, 1 June, 7 September & 7 December 2019.
Bloxham (General Railwayana): 23 February & 3 August 2019.
Charing Cross (tickets): 18 November 2018, 12 May & 17 November 2019.

All catalogues are free of charge. If you are not on our mailing list, please contact us with your details.

Catalogue Descriptions

  • Carriage prints are presented in frames produced in the original style unless specifically stated to be in "original frame", i.e. removed from a carriage.
  • Lots described as "repainted" have, in our opinion, been repainted since railway ownership. References to repainted front or back indicate that this side only has been repainted.
  • Totems and other enamel signs: (f/f) = fully flanged, (h/f) = half flanged. Enamel signs are deemed to have excellent colour and shine, defects and damage are noted. Where reference is made to edge chipping, this indicates the usual wear caused by the passage of time, as opposed to face chips or other damage sustained in service.
  • Item sizes quoted in the catalogue are for guidance only and are not intended to convey the precise dimensions.
  • Clocks and watches: Examples of this age often require oiling or adjustment after being moved and installed at a new location. All timepieces offered in this auction appear to be in good, undamaged condition unless otherwise stated and have been wound and run for a short period.
  • Posters: are generally rolled with light folds as delivered to stations. If unfolded we describe items as rolled, any significant defects are noted.

We would like to acknowledge the help provided by Richard Strange and the HSBT Project in providing much of the locomotive history included in this catalogue.