Piece of Staffordshire railway history set to go under hammer at Cuttlestones this month
Thursday, 07 November, 2019 - Modified on Thursday, 07 November, 2019 at 7:07 pm
Local auction house Cuttlestones will see a piece of Staffordshire railway history pass through its saleroom during its Thursday 28th November Winter Antiques Auction – in the form of a sign hailing from the now-closed Colwich Railway Station.
Colwich village station opened in 1847 on the Rugby to Stafford line, which passes through the neighbouring Shugborough Estate. The station, like most of those along the Trent Valley Railway, was designed by the architect John William Livock and was demolished following its closure in 1958 - although the former stationmaster's house remains and is now a Grade II listed building. Sadly, Colwich once again made railway history in 1986 when a high-speed collision between two packed express trains took place on the site of the former station, killing the driver and leaving 75 passengers injured.
The sign that is set to come under the hammer has been consigned by a local collector, and directs passengers to the booking office and the exits to Colwich and Haywood respectively. This is a lot likely to appeal to locals and railwayana collectors, as auctioneer Dave Eglington explains:
“It’s hard to imagine in our car-centred world, but in the late 19th and early 20th Century even small villages had railway stations, and the countryside was criss-crossed with hundreds of miles of now disused railway line. Colwich station was a prime example – serving Colwich itself and the neighbouring Haywoods.
“This sign is a rare survivor from this golden age of the railways, with many fixtures and fittings lost forever during the demolition process. There’s a huge collectors’ market for anything railway-related but this sign, with its local links, is sure to attract attention from those with an interest in Staffordshire history and even residents of the villages today.”
The sign will sell as part of a packed catalogue during Cuttlestones’ Winter Antiques Auction at its Penkridge sale room on Thursday, 28th November. Viewing is on the day prior to and morning of the sale, with commission, telephone and live internet bidding options available for those unable to attend on the day – call 01785 714905 or visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk to find out more.