area of Collecting is regarded as part of General Railwayana
Collecting and a large number of items from the LT Underground
system pass through Railwayana Auctions.
These have increased in popularity with collectors
over the past few years and now appear in many collections. The most
often seen items are enamel signs from underground stations that
have been taken down during refurbishment, many being sold off in auction
in the early 1990’s.
most popular are the earlier type small targets with the station name on a
single enamel plate with a brass surround. These also included a
very small version that was located on the ticket office wall.
later types were in 3 pieces, again with a one-piece surround, but
with two centre bars. This was a more convenient pattern, as the
half moon plates were standard with only the centre panel being for
any particular station. There are three main sizes all being housed
in a brass frame. Many stations still carry these type of
signs so we can look forward to them turning up in the auctions of the future! Similar
much larger signs were also on the station platforms and these
continue to be gradually replaced. Many of these signs lost their
brass rims as they were sold off as scrap.
piece Target - 24" x 20"
3 piece Target - 44" x 36"
3 piece Targets are usually of the same pattern as above
& measure - 60" x 42". As with most
Railwayana the larger the item becomes the lower the
price will tend to be.
Enamel frieze panels with the station name & with bands on the edges
to denote the lines colours were used on all Underground stations and
they now turn up on a regular basis, as also do the short end plates
with the lines name. A collection of these signs are shown below.
There are many other enamel signs available and if these had an
arrow they can be dated by the number of feathers to the arrow – the
earliest having four.
LT stock had enamel target shaped
plates with the Carriage number on and these small items are fairly
readily available as are the destination enamels that were carried
on the front of this stock.
As with LT buses there is a whole
Collecting field of Uniform Badges and some examples are pictured
produced from the start of London's Underground Railways and
many of the early ones are very desirable to collectors. As with railway
posters they are not as important an advertising medium now and
so are a lot less interesting. A few post war posters are shown
other items turn up at Railwayana auctions and these can be made
into a very attractive display.
is an area of collecting that can only increase in popularity and,
being at the moment relatively inexpensive, may be one worth
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